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VOL 156 No. 8 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1944 



PRICE 25 CENTS 



PK BIZ TOPS 43 PEAK THUS FAR 

MAJORS HIT NEAR & L - Ernst Hits Rims, Radio, Press; 

Huddle Linked to Anglo-U. S. Relations 



Tin Pan Alley s 1944 Radio Take 
At $7,000,000 Sets AB-Thne High 



Music royalties will cost : radio -t 
•loaa to $7,000,000 lor 1944, accord- 
ing to present indications, that sum 
representing a "new all-time high in 
Tin Pan Alley's income from broad- 
casting, Estimate is based on figures 
already chalked up for the first three 
quarters of '44, with some possibility 
existing that total may yet pass the 

? 7.000,000 mark. Previous high was 
940. when ASCAP collected $5,- 
200.000 from broadcasters. r.'-V 

Bulk of the '44 take will go to the 
American Society . of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers, which now 
expects to close its books this year 
with total collections of $5,100,000 
from radio alone, this representing 
the major share of the total ASCAP 
melon for the year. Latter figure 
will be more than. $0,000,000. " 

Broadcast- Music. Inc., the broad-' 
.casters' own performing rights firm, 
is- now doing a business which fig- 
ures to give it a .'44 total of $1.- 
400.000. This 'represents a gain of 
about . $300,000 on BMI's 1943 
revenue. 

..Third: ..performing rights 
."■ (Continued on page 47) 



firm, 



Preston Sturges May 
Bring Harold Lloyd 
Back in Comedy Pix 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Preston Sturges and Harold Lloyd 
are talking a deal which would 
bring the bespectacled silent comic 
back to the screen in a . series of 
comedies. If contracts, are. signed; 
Lloyd's first acting , film, in six years 
would be an original by Sturges. 
Which would, be '.-the initial venture 
. of his pa rtnei sh i p with Howard 
Hughes. Lloyd would - be paid, a 
lump sum lor each picture, plus 
percentage, of prolils: 

Comic's last acting, picture was 
"Professor Beware" for Paramount 
in 1938. Three years ago' he pro- 
duced three films for RKO and was 
to have repeated-, that ; process for 
Columbia, but the deal fell through. 



S.S. Bert Williams 
Named for Negro Comic 

: Washington, Oct. 31. 
Two of the Liberty ships under 
construction in. Maine are to be 
named after Bert Williams, the late 
Negro comedian, and F. Scott Fitz- 
gerald, writer, who died in Holly- 
wood some years ago, 



Long-Range Plan 
For Film Writers 



. Universal, Jn what is, believed .to 
be first known instance of a film 
company pacting junior writers- 
specifically for the purpose- of build- 
ing them-- eventually into - writer- 
producers, last week signed Leo 
Pine. Chicago radio seripler recent- 
ly discharged from the Army, to a 
writer contract 

At least ' three others have been 
signed to similar contracts, but their 
names are not being made public 
currently as they are still finishing 
up chores on their present positions. 

Attitude, of Universal production 
execs is that these younger scripters 

• (Continued on page 46) 



GARB0 BACK TO SWEDEN 
FOR COUNTESS JULIA' 

Swedish -film interests have a deal 
cooking for ' the - return of Greta 
. Gar bp to Stockholm to star in a. 
. remake " of ''Countess .' Julia" - by 
. t aihed Swedish play wiigltt," August 
Strindoerg. 

• Fred Wingardh. who produced the 
original silent yer'son of "Countess," 
• print of which is departed held by 
the Modern .Museum of. Art, is 
' tihderstobd iieg'oliatioig with Lelantl 
Hey ward for Miss Gnrbo's services. 
Wingardh,'.- who formerly , produced 
and distributed film in. Europe, is 
currently hancliin'j. Swedish 1 short- 
wave broadcasts Xoi' the OWI. out of 
New York. 

Garbo is said t„ be interested in 
returning to .Sweden after the war. 



TAILOR-MADE HEAVY 
ROLE FOR JON HALL 

Hollywood. Oct. 31. 
A picture based on the lives of 
Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey may still 
be made. Brothers., are discussing 
the possibility of turning it out next 
year with ah indie producer, to be 
released through a major studio, said 
to be RKO. : Such a ; move probably 
will require the consent of Metro, to 
which studio Tommy . Dorsey -is tin- 
der contract. ;.';':..' 
• Film story based on the -careers of 
the Dorsey brothers -has. been .in the. 
talk stage for a year or . more; . First, 
it was supposed to have' been made 
by Metro, but that fell through, Un-. 
derstood that if the latest deal jells 
the maestros will make, it oil a sal- 
ary and percentage of the .gross 
basis. .'■/'-''•-■ ' .-'--" ••>. ■'■'-'.':.•• 




By MORI KRLSHEX 

Revenues of eight major compa- 
nies from film distribution -for the 
first nine months. of 1944 are reported 
at -close to $5,500,000, weekly, 
around $285,000,000 annually if con- 
tinuing at the same: ratio for the 
balance of this year. -.'This, exceeds 
the previous peak returns for 
the same period during 1943 by 
around 5% on the average. Not all 
companies show an equal increase, 
however. Some companies:' domestic 
rentals are lower than .last . year, 
depending On. the numbe. and type 
of pictures released during ' the 
period. 

Big Five ■ have"." in, recent, months 
(Continued on page 38) , . 



Precedent Set By 
Press-Radio-Video 
Election News Tieup 

What is believed, to be the first, co- 
operative deal ever made between a 
newspaper, radio station and tele- 
vision outlet has . been made , for 
next Tues. (7) for three-way cover- 
age of election returns. Involved 
are WNEW, N. Y,',. indie station: 
WABD, Dumont telecasler, . atid the 
N. Y. Daily News. Another unusual 
phase of the cooperative plan is 
that the video end of the return 
coverage is being produced by ah 
advertising agency: but is . not. being 
(Continued on page 10> 



Bob Taylor's Navy Exit 
Awaited for 'Expendable' 

Mefro is waiting, upon Lieut. 
Hobert Taylor's discharge from the 
Navy to produce "They Were Ex- 
pendable," the W. L. While saga. • 

Ex-Cdr. John Ford is slated to 
direct, his first since returning to 
civilian life, -...'-:.'•'-. •- 



Agents Renewing 
Talent Raids 



Hollywood. Oct. 31. 
Talent-raiding among agencies: un- 
der cover for several months, has 
broken into, the open and threatens 
to spread, into a general . battle. 
Cause of the raids is the growing 
demand for potential top names 
when the war is over: .'-.':: 

Several big agencies have been in- 
formed by their clients of ap- 
proaches made by representatives of 
other offices, and are threatening re- 
taliatory measures. Raiding strategy 
consists largely of spreading dissat- 
isfaction among a rival agency's 
I clients and promising better roles 
I and bigger .returns. ';'.' ... v ., 



14 Paris Cinemas Open 

More than 14. motion picture the- 
atres are now reported operating In 
Paris, as compared, with three 
around the beginning of October. . 

Reported that 25 are. expected to 
be , in operation next week, with 
the . openings increasing as rapidly 
as power becomes available. 



GAXTON'SJ. J. WALKER, 
COLE PORTER PIC BI0GS 

Hollywood. Oct. 31. 

William Gaxton draws. top roles in 
two' musicals at- 20th-Fox. following 
completion of his current chore in 
"Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe;" 

Tunefilms -are "Night and Day," 
based on the life of Cole Porter, and 
"Sweet Lavender," built around the 
career of James J. Walker, former 
New York mayor. 



Wounded Vels Boo ZaSu Pills 
From llosp foi Pro Dewey Spiel 



Morris L. Ernst, American Civil 
Liberties Union counsel and in pri- 
vate practice American attorney for 
British film .enterprises, has called 
a meeting for Nov. 2 in New York to 
discuss what he term's "questions 
affecting a free market for ideas." 
Ernst's purpose has aroused much, 
curiosity among insiders in the film, • 
radio and newspaper fields in- view 
of his several trips to England dur- 
ing the war by special permission of 
the State Dept., and his sensational 
charges at a recent meeting of the 
Civil Liberties Union in N. Y. that 
"15 men control communications in 
America." 

' Ernst, named at that time Louis B: 
Mayer, Harry and Jack Warner, Wil- 
liam Randolph Hearst Dewitt Wal- 
lace. Henry Luce, David SarndfT, 
William S. Paley, Frank Gannett, 
Nicholas and Joseph Schenck, Robert 
TvIcCormick, Roy Howard, Gardner 
Co\yles and Edward Noble. 

Film executives in N. Y. who have 
heard about Ernst's- invitations 
(issued through Roger Baldwin of 
the ACLU), are inclined, to see it as 
(Continued on page 16) 

Ink Spots May Be 
Blotted Out by Feud 
Between 2 of 'Em 

Tiffing between two of . the Ink 
Spots, a quartet which Moe Gale 
brought up from $85 a week into the 
$3,500-$5.000 weekly class may split 
the combo. Billy Kenny, the top 
tenor, and Ivory (Deek) Watson, the 
gold-toothed rhythm singer, are the 
intra-quaitet's dissidents, and man- 
ager Gale is in the middle, with 
Kenny threatening to book, his own 
combo. 

Combo is currently at the Zanzi- 
bar. Broadway nltciv, at $3,500 a 
week.: although /the management 
waii's a readjustment downward be- 
cause it's been a trio for over a 
week with the death of Orville 
l"Hoppy") Jones, the bass. When 
they play the N. Y. .Paramount, the' 
Spots draw $5,000 weekly. ; ,. •'••*: ; :■•'■' 

Gale says that a couple months 
(Conliuuea on page 18). 



Sinatra's Unique 50% 
Of Gross for Waldorf Date 

Frank Sinatra ,ha» been booked 
into, live : Wedgwood Room of the 
Hotel Waldorl-Astori-a, N Y., open- 
ing Nov. 8 on a .'cash - deal , that is 
rarely heard of for such -rooms. -He'll 
get 50°;. of the gross from the ' first 
dollar, against a guarantee. Music 
Corp. of ,America.:.booke.-,l it. 

Sinatra closed- at the ■ Paramount 
theatre. N. Y.. la-l 'iV^ii! <'T lies' fiy l, 
drawing a .bonus of Yappl ox.imatcly 
(Continued oiu page. KM ' .:-:... 



2 Different Versions Of 
■Jake' on Same Night ■ 

Audience saw the- r<>h» of "Jacob.- j 
owsky land the C:o1oiU»l"i played ni l 
two- different itiUM'm Matrons, the ■ 
same night last TI.hu -.da\ <M' oil 
Broadway when' a. kiu'-e injury foi'ee'.d -: 
Oscar Karlwei'- to -'ithdi.i j from' 
the cast in the midst, oi.-i'"' second 
act After a 15-inlntlle ricjay. when , 
Herbert Bcrghot h.-> :;nd. , -:ud- 
was SOS'd into .sot vice, tpe leittQr j 
showed up and gav" ;i tl.tUucrt cor.- ■ 
ccption of the pai.'.. H>:- got, the; 
laughs, but the "Coniiftetitar' flavor -I 
was reported iac'k'fngi - 
. Karlweis is expected back this J. 
weekend, although having his: knee', 
in a cast. , i 



Chicago. Oct. 31, 
Wounded vets are reported- to have 
booed ZaSu Pitts out of their wards 
in Mayo General hospital., Galesburg, 
■III Monday (30) when -she- at- 
tempted a stump speech for Dewey 
instead of doing "Cheer Up" show 
sltedded by the Red Cross. Booked 
to appear before 1,500 soldiers at the 
hospital: she left after visiting five 
or six wards. 

-. In. one officers' ward, according to 
an infantry Captain present, she 
quoted from; President Roosevelt's 
speech " promising American hoys 
Would not be sent to foreign wars, 
with, the men objecting because she 
did not add the quality iris - phrase 
"Unless wo arc, attacked." After Miss 
Pills, who has a son of hoi- own in 
■ervice, made statements that Presi- 
(Gontinued from .page 4'2 i 



K0RDA IN SAME LEAGUE 
WITH L B. MAYER NOW 

■-.■Sir-. Alexander Korda's income in 
England, according, to intimates, has 
reached a point where he re tain 3 
around one shilling (approximately 
20c> out ot every pound (around $4). 
Reported that Korda has grossed 
over S5.00p.000 in rentals in recent 
seasons v ith reissues of some of his 
old pictures in Britain. 

Korda , is scheduled to arrive in 
the. U. S. from England during the. 
next 'three or four v.-ccks. depending 
on .traiisportation availability. He is 
briugitig back' a print of "Perfect 
Strangers.-!' fir-'t'of. the films which 
he produced for. Metro as head of 
the company's British' productio" 
y--.h[\. ' ;. ■ ■'■: - ■'.■•■':'.' 



MISCELLANY 



Wednesday, November ], 1941 



USO Overhauls Tab Troupe Circuits 
To Allow Complete Camp Coverage 



Complete reorganization o{ its tab-4 
•Ibid troupe or Blue circuit, setting 
up for the first time a complete 
coverage o£ all service installations 
in the country, has just been effected 
by USO-Camp Shows. New setup, 
made in conjunction with the Army 
Special Services, has resulted from 
the elimination of many : service 
posts, like coast guard, submarine 
'and coastal anti-aircraft installations, 
which the changing war picture and 
lessening of any Jap .or German 



Frank Sane-atra 

Frank Sinatra is - skedded to 
play his first "house party" date. 

Buffalo titan with plenty of 
moo to shell out offered the 
Voice $10,000 to sing at his party 
and when the proffer came, 
through, Sinatra reportedly re- 
torted: 

■' •' "If a guy's crazy enough to. 
pay that kind of money I'll go.": 



menace to U. S. shores have, brought 
abouti 

Blue tab troupes, made up of live 
players, with minimum.^of props and 
baggage, are used by Camp Shows 
to play Isolated camps or stations 
where inaccessibility or small audi- 
ences doesn't justify sending larger 
vaude units of the Victory circuit. 
It's ho secret that the war's progress 
and increased overseas operations 
have cut down number of posts in 
this country, as well as caused shift- 
ing of certain camps and troop pop- 
ulations. This has lessened need for 
domestic entertainment by the Blue 
and cut do\vn number of tab troupes. 
It has also given Camp Shows its 
first opportunity to have complete 
coverage in this country under a new 
routing system so that now tabs play 
every state in the union, at' all the 
smaller installations of Army, Navy, 
Coast Guard and Marine Corps. 
Performers themselves have not suf- 
fered by cut in number of tabs, a 



substantial number that were freed 
having signed for overseas work 
and already been shipped. 

Camp Shows heretofore has been 
servicing an Atlantic coast Naval 
district and the various Army serv- 
ice commands throughout the coun- 
try. Shifting of troops and installa- 
tions on the Pacific coast have now 
brought about a . separation of Army 
and Navy interests there by Camp 
Shows and the setting up of a Pacific 
coast Naval District, Camp Shows 
now services naval installations on 
both coasts and all Army service 
commands on a continuous clock- 
wise circuit requiring 97 weeks for 
national coverage. Most tab per- 
formers are signing for the full cir- 
cuit '.'.; •"■ '■.. ',/.'.'' '•■ ' ' ".;•'. ; . : 

The 97-week itinerary applies to 
white tab troupes.- Camp Shows' 
new program also includes a nation- 
al itinerary of 22 weeks for Negro 
tabs, operating in the Fourth, Eighth 
and Ninth Service Commands which 
seek colored troupes. Where white 
tabs bring entertainment to their iru 
stallations in three-week intervals, 
Negro tabs bring it on four-week in- 
tervals. Blue now has 40 white tabs 
and seven Negro. 

Resetting of itineraries within each 
service command and naval district 
has. also, reduced traveling time and 
costs between commands and dis- 
tricts, to cut Camp Shows' operating 
costs. , ■ ■ . 



Bea Lillie Agreed To Rose 
Show Without Knowing 
What It Was All About' 

London, because of its bombings, 
is like a movie set now— air front 
and no back— according to Beatrice 
Lillie, who arrived in New York 
from the British capital Saturday 
(28). The English comedienne, who 
hasn't been here since 1939, joined 
rehearsals next day (29) of Billy 
Rosels "Seven Lively Arts," in 
which she' has a lead. Claims she 
agreed to do musical without know- 
ing what the show was about, ' but 
with Cole Porter and Moss Hart 
doing it," she said. "I thought I'd 
kinda leave it to them." Said she 
brought some new numbers with 
her, which she'd try to work in with 
material supplied her. . 
. _Miss. Lillie is here on a six-month 
visa which is renewable. She plans 
to wait until the musical is launched 
before doing any radio work. For 
the past three years, she said, she 
has been entertaining troops through 
the Entertainments National Service 
Assn. (ENSA), British equivalent of 
USO-Camp Shows, playing Gibral- 
tar, North Africa, and Egypt, as well 
as England. "You don't have to play 
down to the boys," she said. 
"They're critical." V 

Miss Lillie also disclosed that the 
Lunts plan to do a new play by 
Terence Rattigan in London, thus 
delaying their return to the U. S. 




124th WEEK ! 
KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1944" 
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cal. 

•ii's the fmt spot of 'Los -Angeles. 

permanent laugh insti- 



Itfiilly 
( u I inn 



RANDOLPH SCOTT 



John Golden V Ballyhoo 
For FDR as 'Star Of 
World's Top Production' 

Emphasizing President Roosevelt's 
friendship for show biz, Broadway 
producer John Golden on Monday 
(30), before a large luncheon 
gathering of theThea'.ricaland Motion 
Picture Committee for Roosevelt- 
Truniah-Wagner at the Hotel Astor, 
New York, urged the reelection of 
the President. 

Using theatrical parables, Golden 
stressed the need for FDR's contin- 
uance as "star" of "the greatest pro- 
duction ever put together in the his- 
. (Continued on page 18) 



Ex-GI 2-a-Day Musical, 
'This Ain't the Army' 

Lou Goldberg, longtime manager 
for Major Bowes, who has "On 
Stage Everybody" currently getting 
a Blue Network buildup, prior to a 
Universal filmusical production next 
April, is planning "This Ain't the 
Army!'" as a twO-a-day , vaude 
revusical. The showman wants to 
cast it 100% with ex-GIs. 

Incidentally, Goldberg* has just 
been made eastern director of public- 
ity and advertising for Jack Skir- 
ball to handle the Fred Allen film. 
"It's in the Bag." 



B'way Literati-Showfolk 
Campaigning Vs. Mrs. Luce 

i; . Bridgeport, Conn. Oct. 31. 

Striking factor in current cam- 
paign of Congresswoman Clare 
Boothe Luce (R., Conn.) for reelec- 
tion, is lineup of prominent show 
biz figures opposing the playwright- 
legislator. In direct opposish of en- 
tertainment industry normally back- 
ing one of its clan, show biz liberals 
are showing such antipathy towards 
Mrs. Luce, as to be working actively 
and contributing financially in cam- 
paign of her Democratic opponent, 
Margaret Connors. 

Some of stage and radio person 
alities actively engaged in Miss Con. 
nOrs' support are Edna Ferber, 
Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, 
Libby Holman, Richard Maney, 
Dorothy and George Ross, Franklin 
P. Adams, Clifton Fadiman, Van 
Wyck Brooks, Marcia Davenport and 
Sigmund Spaeth. Miss Connors, a 
lawyer, is a liberal, having been 
prominent in affairs of Connecticut 
branch of Civil Liberties Union. . 



SP1TALNY OFF TO U FOR 
4 WEEKS ON 'COEDS' PIC 

Phil Spitalny and his all-femme 
band left yesterday (Tues.) for Hol<- 
lywood to make "Here Come the 
Coeds" for Un iversal. .':■'-.- \ ■', • •, 

This Abbott & Costello starrer will 
consume four weeks' work for the 
Spitalnyites who will, of course, 
broadcast their General Electric 
show from the Coast during that 
period. 

From Rags to Riches, 
'Canty' Debuts as 'Bo 

Hollywood, Oct 31, 
First starrer for Cantinflas, Mexi- 
can comic, under his RKO contract 
will be "The Magnificent Tramp," to 
be filmed in English and Spanish.. 

Posa Films of Mexico City is as- 
sociated, with RKO in the venture. 



This Week's Football 

By Ted Husing ■ . • • 

(SATURDAY,' NOV. 4) 



Jay Brennan (Savoy &) 
To Revive Oldtime Act 

Jay Brennan, of former topflight 
comedy vaudeville team of Savoy 
and Brennan, is coming out of re- 
tirement, after a double decade, to 
revive the old act. - . ... 

Harry Antrim is a new partner, 
essaying red-wigged dame character 
created 30 years ago by his late 
partner, Bert Savoy, who was killed 
jy lightning in 1923. V 



GAMES 


WINNERS 


ODDS 


Cornell-Columbia ... ... , . .'. . . ; 


. ... ..Cornell . . . . . ... 


......... 6-5 


Army-Villanova , . . . 


. .... Army . . . ... . . .'. . 


. . , . . '. ... 10-1 


Notre Dame-Navy . . . , . .. ; . , ; . . 


.. . Noire Dame .. . ... . . ... 


5-8 


Michigan-Penn. 


, . . . Michigan .. , ' „ . . , : , 


.' 2-1 


Penh State-Syracu.se ......... 


. . . .--Benin State ..... 


i.... ... 6-5 




'. .... Yale ......... . ...... 


. 3-1 


Alabama-Georgia . ... ... ;•, 


.... Alabama ... " 


... 4-1 


Georgia Tech-Duke . . . . .'.-] 


..... ... Georgia Tech '. . .' .■; . . 


......... 1 2-5 


Miss. State-Kentucky '.',,. ; . ■. 


. , ...Miss. State , 


... 6-5 


Tenn-LSU . . . . -\\ 


. .'-. ,:;.Tenn .. , . , ;■ . .. .' '. 


,. :...'. ... 8-5 


So. Carolina-No. Carolina . . . 


.', . . So. Cai dlina ',-',-; ; , 


.'.:.; 6-5 


Wake Forcst-Clemson .:,'■. 


... . Wake' Forest .... 


4-1 


West Virginia-Temple- .,„.... 


.■;',, Wc^t Virginia . . 


.2-1 


Nebraska-Iowa , ... . ... ...... 


.'-,-. . Nebraska , . , . , 


;'. . .■'. . ... 6-5 


Oklahoma-Iowa State 


'. ..;.'. .'Oklahoma v. ,-. . . . . . 


6-5 


Northwestern-Minnesota. . '. ;'':..' 


•;';;', .'{Northwestern . . ;'■. ... 


. . 5-6 


Missouri-Mich. State . . 


. . ; Mivsoun . , .... 


..... 6-5 


Ohio State-Indiana 


. ... . Ohio Slate 


........... 8-5 




.,':'. . . Purdue ... . .... . .;•; .' 


. .... 7.-5 




, . Tex.is Tech . ,. . 


..... 3-2 




...Texas : -,':, : . . .'. .'»,".':,..■• 


,', ...... 7-5 


Arkansas-Texas AM . . . ; . 


..... Arkansas . ..... . . . . . 


5-7 


Io\ya Prefl.-TuLsa ;-, . .. 


... . Iowa Prefl. . i . . 


. . . . 9-5 


Caliiornia-Alameda CG . , 






March Field-UCLA . -. . .,, . . 


, ... March Field ; , ... 


2-1 


USC-San Diego Navy. ... . . . . 


-use 


:«-5 


Great Lnkes-Marquette 


. , . .-. Great Lakes . . . . ; . " t ■. 


. ..... 2-1 


NC Prefl.-Bainbridge Navy . . , 


., NC Prefl. ..... 


;:;.>'.;•. r:. 8-5 


National Pro League 




Green Bay-Chicago . . . . . 


. ,-. . . Green Bay . , .-. . 


...... 2-1 


Philadelphia-Brooklyn ........ 


, . Philadelphia 


.12-5 


Detroit-CardsPitt . ;. . , 


■ ,, . Detroit . . ,.. , . . : .. . . . 


. . .12-5 


New York-Boston „,..,,.. 


. . New York . , , . . . , 


3-1 


Cleveland-Washington. 


..... Cleveland ... ... ... ., 


5-7 



SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK 

By Frank Scully *i 



icnce 
Here 



'■:.''" : ■'. Melody Lane, Hollywood, Oct. 25. • 

Every time Jim Petrillo sounds off about recordingsjn his h a <ii» t ' Hc 
juke boxes, I think of the late Gene Dabney. He was the fust musician 
to advance the idea that recording companies should pay royalties m 
musicians as publishers do to authors. , 

"Let them pay each time they play, just as they charge an audi 
each time they show," Gene used to argue. Dabney showed me w 
musicians, hit from two directions (sound-on-film and a depression) weafh 
ered the one-two punch belter than most professions or industries " He 
showed that by simply taxing those who wanted to trade in music (but not 
musicians) the musicians could be kept away from public doles or private 
charities. Himself once the maestro of a Broadway band Dabney -'was 
down to a WPA project as an orchestra leader when I first met him He 
would occasionally; get . hill-billy parts in pictures, playing jugs and' the 
like, but it was a hand-to-mouth existence at best. • - . . 

Every : time L Saw Dabney coming up the hill, sunshine sent the Holly- 
wood fog scurrying to Altadena. He never walked the hilt and the cars 
he had never really were his own. He would get them on a down pay- 
ment and just when they were about to be yanked from his hands he 
would subject them to a repair job so big that the finance company pre- 
ferred to let title to (lie jallopies slide. This was just one of the devices 
Gene was forever using during a depression when most people had little 
humor, . . : ; 

Scully's Tully V I. ■ 

Gene once collected 50 unemployed musicians to lead a political parade 
to get "out of the gully with Franklin D. Scully." It was, I suspect the 
biggest band for the smallest parade ever to attempt to say it with music 
On another occasion Gone and a fellow-musician'oflered to post bills for 
me in a minor political campaign. They came on a 24-sheet of, our candi- 
date for governor. Latter was spreading himself all over town' and push- 
ing us minor campaigners right out of the picture, even in our own dis- 
tricts. So Gene took my one-sheets and plastered them On the 24-sheets 
of the party's prima donna. They were doing this in broad daylight in the 
heart of Holly wood' when an employee of Foster and Kleiser, who owned 
the billboards, pulled up # and questioned them in a polite way. First, he 
wanted to know if they were union men. They assured him they were. 
They didn't add that they were musicians, not billposters. He then said 
he didn't think Foster and Kleiser would like what they were doing. 

"Are they speaking again? " asked Gene. 

"You are destroying the symmetry of these billboards." the guy remon- 
strated impatiently 

"Oh, you think We're destroying the balance?" Gene said. Whereupon 
he and his pal climbed over to the other corner of the 24-sheet and plas- 
tered another one-sheet there. .''■, '•' ' 

"Now it's balanced," boasted Dabney. The bill poster gave up;. 

Another time Gene got ah order to appear on a WPA project with tools 
and working clothes. So he shewed up on the job with a photographer, 
pick and shovel, and wearing a dinner jacket. The straw boss asked him 
what was the big idea. Gene told him, "I'm a musician and these are my 
working clothes." He was transferred to a musical pvoject. 

Gene had a mothei who. was .80.. She had much of his humor, too,; A 
bill collector once asked if Gene were home. She said no. He said he just 
had to see Gene "somehow:" Whereupon she handed him a photograph 
of her boy. * ■ - ; '•'■.■ ';.',.' ;':'• •' ''■> •..'■;..;; 

There \yas also a neighbor who began defaming me as an agent of 
Moscow. ; '. ■ ' .'•-. ; < 

"You mean the friend of Gene's?" the old lady demanded. < : . 

"Yes!" said the neighbor. 

She got up, went to the kitchen, filled a basin with hot water and let 
the gossip have it. It w>s her contribution to the Good Neighbor policy 
which was going the rounds at the time. ^ •'«' ?: •.'.'.'•••*;.•■ '.-.'; 



SEASON'S RECORD 
Won, 87; Lost, 1 6: Ties, 11: Pet., .770, 
.•/• (Ties lot' counted) 



Power of the Press 

When Louella Parsons got into 
New York she was surrounded 
by four males, all picture com- 
pany pressagents, including a 
special emissary from 20th-Fox, 
Hollywood, whereas Carole Lari- 
dis. who got in on the same 
train, was 100% un-squired. 

One lone maid followed Miss 
Landis off the choo-choo in con- 
trast to the male quartet worry- 
ing about Lolly's trunks, etc. 



All But Topflight Theatre 
People in Nazi War Effort 

Washington. Oct. 31. 

An estimated 45,000 actors, singers, 
dancers, orchestra musicians and' ad- 
ministrative employees were released 
when Germany shut down its legit 
houses, music halls and concert the- 
atres, according to reports reaching 
here. - ;' . ". -'-\. "': •'.." 

A handful of topflight performers 
were diverted into films and radio, 
with the remainder :bei rt'g sent to war 
production plants to set an example 
for the general public. 

Films, one of the fe\v remaining 
recreations, have been contracted in 
Germany, . but radio programs have 
been substantially expanded, particu- 
larly those on serious subjects. 



Lillian Gish Back To 
B'way for Hopkins Play 

•"•■..':' . ' Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Lillian Gish, currently working in 
the Paramount picture, "Miss. Susie 
Slagle," will return to Broadway 
when her studio chore is finished.. . 

Actress is slated to star in Emmett 
Lavery's drama, "The Magnificent' 
Yankee," to be produced by Arthur 
Hopkins,. 



Still Doing Benefits 

Hollywood. Oct. 31. 

George Jessel doubles as producer 
and bit player, in "The Dolly Sisters" 
at 20th-Fox. . ,:■>'.;'■>■; :\ 

Script calls for a benefit perform- 
ance in the last reel in which he 
appears as George Jessel, vaude 
comic. '. ..;':'•' . : 



BILL KEIGHLEY SLATED 
FOR INACTIVE DUTY 

'/ Washington; Oct. 31. 

Word here is that Lt. Col. William 
Keighley is about to be placed on 
inactive duty. Keighley, in charge 
of motion pictures for the Army Air 
Forces, would thus return to civilian 
status and be able to head back to 
Hollywood to take up his mega- 
phone again as \a Warner Bros, dir 
rector. 

Keighley was one of the first big 
Hollywood names in uniform. He 
was active in setting up the AAF 
picture program both on the Coast 
and in Washington. He also spent 
several month in various European 
war theatres and while in England 
produced the AAF indoctrination 
pic, "Target for Today," 



Lights Go On Again For 
Santa's Ride in H'wood 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Santa Claus Lane will blaze with, 
lights and tinsel this year in the first 
unrestricted Christmas .season since 
the war began. 

City Council ordered the removal 
of all dimout devices on street lights 
and approved plans for a renewal 
of parades on Hollywood blvd.. 



Advanced Step to Exit 
Negro Discrimination 

The long worked-over code on 
Negro discrimination in show biz has 
been prepared by the. Code Commit- 
tee of the Emergency Enlerlainment 
Industry . Committee, 'arid . will- be 
taken up by the full committee 
directly after election. . ■!:;■,' ,. 

The code, pledging all entertain- 
ment groups to Ban Jim Crow prac-. 
tices, discrimination of opportunity 
and elimination of caricaturing of 
Negroes in plays, filiiis and radio 
programs, has been drafted by 
Edward Chodorov. playwright: Peter 
Lyon, Radio' Writers Guild head, and 
John Coburn Turner, of NBC script 
dept. , ' :{'' •'••'; -'"'. '" 



Wednesday, November 1, 194 1 



PICTURES S 



INDIES' $70,000,000 PIX OUTPUT 



WBand Par Have Nearly 50 Films 
Awaiting Release; U's 40 Set to Go 



' Between Paramount and Warner 
Bi os., who lead in the size of prod- 
uct stockpiles, close to 50 pictures 
ar« in the can awaiting release 
Some of these will not reach the 

. market until some time •during the 
1945-46 season. 

. Though including a few pictures 
which have been given some pre-: re- 
leasing; the Par backlog of 31 jcom- 
pleted pictures is about the total ex- 
pected from' this company for release 
during, tine entire current ..'■( 1944-45 t 
season, possibly less. WB at pres- 
ent has 18 films on the shelf awaiting 
release and with this, company, also, 
the figure may be exceeded by. only 
a couple pictures for sale this sea- 
son: 

Both Par and Warner studios are 
-Currently carrying a heavy produc- 
tion load, with many pictures at both 
plants also in process of preparation..: 



(S)end (0)n (S)kipper 

'■-' Hollywood, Oct. 31.' \ 
Good ship "Bon Vayage" is still 
held- at the 20th-Fox dock to await 
a . new skipper to succeed Lee S.tras- 
berg. who / went ashore after : one 
•week. at the pilot's wheel'.: .. : 
. ' George Marshall and Henry Hath- 
away have been mentioned for the* 
director' chore but both are other- 
wise engaged. Understood Strasberg, 
formerly .with . the Group Theatre, 
could not agree with the studio on 
the handling' of his first '.■picture:,.-,'.' 



Hollywood. Oct. 31, 
With.. 27. producers and associate 
producers working on the lot, Uni- 
versal has completed more than 70'p 
of its feature productions: for, the 
1944-45 program. Of the 55 films 
projected for the year, 40 are on the 
market or in the Cutting rooms, 
. Studio lias steered around the time 
^lenient, by avoiding war pictures. 
Predominating the schedule: are 
musicals, and dramas dealing with 
the pie-war era. . -. 



WILLKIE SUCCESSOR 
STILL UNANNOUNCED 

Reports in some quarters that 
20th-Fbx might choose a new chair- 
man ..to succeed' the late Wendell L. 
WiUkle failed: to materialize at the 
Thursday (26). meeting of the com- 
pany's board. There apparently are 
ho immediate plans in that direction. 

Joseph M. Schenck, who • head- 

fuarters on the Coast on production 
lid related studio matters and. was 
chairman of the directorate tip to 
several years ago, being succeeded 
|»y; Willkie, is not interested in. re- 
suming that post, it is understood. 

While Willkie was active in ;' vari- 
ous fields, including politics and law 
■ha devoted much attention to .2.0 th 
Fox in his role of chairman and 
worked yery closely with Schenck, 
and Darryl F. Zanuck as .'.Welt; ' as 
homeofTiee executives and other di 
i-ectofs. 



Bronston Drops 2 
Which UA Vetoed 



: 'Two out of three Samuel Bronston 
productions recently nixed for re- 
lease by United Artists have .been 
removed, from the producer's sched- 
ule. -although he is reported proceed- 
ing' with: "Walk in the Sun." screen 
rights for which he paid $15,000. 
■ Two productions cancelled, .are 
'■.Decision,", play by Ed Ghodofov. 
and ' Final Hour." Understood that 
••Decision", roused opposition Of.. Of- 
fice, of War Information because, it 
pictured, a returning war vet finding 
fascism' rampant at home. While 
stoi-y was not banned officially,' and 
could possibly be released in the 
U. S., export license could be refused 
for ; any film which the Government 
finds would be against the best na- 
tional .interest- abroad. Producers 
are not inclined to produce any film 
which would be denied foreign rev? 
emies;. "Final Hour" . is a controver- 
sial subject dealing with munitions 
manufacturers. '.'> •: ■ 

"Walk in the Sun." has a war. back- 
gi'olnjd which, .'it. is understood, has 
been modified to an extent where it 
will be okayed for export. 



Metro's 'Green Dolphin' 
Buy Hypos Book's Sales 

Capitalizing oh the appeal of a 
book bought tor filming, the Literary 
Guild last month solicited 100.000 
members who had -not bought 
"Green Dolphin Street" and ... re- 
portedly sold 18,000 copies through 
the direct-mail ad copy emphasizing 
that the novel was to be made into 
a picture by Metro. .-;'.' , , , - 

"Street.'' incidentally, recently 
Jumped to. the le'ad'in the -best-seller 

lists. "".'.--.•'• .-;':.;■. 



MPPDA Bally for New 
> 3c Stamp Honoring -Pix 

Motion Picture Producers & - Dis- 
tributors ot America, : in behalf of 
tW film industry, has prepared spe- 
cial plates for "first cover" use of 
tha new 3c picture biz postage stamp 
which went out for the first time' 
yesterday (Tues). MPPDA setup, 
galled for printing of typicil first 
motion picture scene, an emblem de- 
signating the new stamp printing 
and Will Hays', signature to, go' on 
these "rust cover" extra size en* 
velopes. These are stamped, - of 
Course, with the new postage stamp 
pommemorating the picture business' 
SOth anniversary.. ' 

Most major companies are prepar- 
ing specfal stunts tied in with the 
anniversary postage stamp. "First 
eovers" are prized by stamp eot- 

,■',./' (Continued on page 46 \ 



RECfliNEGIll^BritishGoy^Mulk 

Education With Classroom Films 




T 



FILM SHORTAGE HALTS 
M-G'S GABLE REISSUE 

■Metro, has reportedly decided 
against reissuing "Test Pilot." Clark 
Gable starrer, which William Rodg- 
er's, M-G v. p. and general sates man- 
ager, recently mentioned as. a possi- 
bility for the next block; 

^Understood that decision is due to 
raw stock shortage. With film to .be 
allotted to new product instead.. 



Guitry, Fresnay Tabbed 
As Nazi Collaborators 

Pierre Fresnay.' Sacha Guitry and 
Henry Decoin (director and ex- 
husband of Danielle Darrieux) were 
denounced as Nazi collaborators dur- 
ing the occupation of France by 
Pierre Blanchar, French film actor, 
now in New .York. ;'.,; • ..-".:'■ ' 

Blanchar. who was head of the 
underground Cinema Committee of 
Liberation die's currently in "Pique 
Dame." picture playing in N, Y.I, de- 
clared that . Fresnay and, a .director 
named Clouzot made the biggest 
anti -French . filrii. called "Cbrbeau," 
whose hero was an informer.- ■/..•'; 



NEW TYPE FILM RENTAL 



PHIL LAUFER JOINS U m 

• Phil Laufer joined the Universal 
publicity department earlvi-thH 
week. - i , ' . " 
;'.' He, was formerly with United Ar- 
tists. 



Fail Brings Alarm Clock to Cinema 
Where Be Spends Night :.-'" 

Detroit. Oct 31 
Exhibitors here haven't figured out. 
yet whether, this was caused by the 
local housing shortage or just the 
current type of pix. Anyhow, ushers, 
not to mention the customers.; were 
disturbed by the jangle of an alarm 
clock in. the Loop theatre, all-night 
house here, a few a.ms. ago. 

Ushers flocked down the aisle and 
put; their flashlights on a foggy-eyed 
guy just as' he- was shutting off the 
clock, .•/;-. 

- ' What's the idea? ' an usher, dey 
marided, ■'.'■-' 

The guy finished putting on. his 
shoes. 

"A giiy's got to get to. work on 
tiine.'" the character said, bunS'iny 
ui) tlie aisle with his alarm clock. ' 



Investment in negat)ves,..by ; inde- 
pendent producers has reached., an 
all-time record which .may not again 
be equaled.. : v " . "" 

Independent film : producers have 
completed or under way between 
$05,000,000 and $70,000,000 iiv nega- 
tives (bulk of 'which arc expected 
to be ready for cutting if not in. the 
can. by March 1. 1945) about equal- 
ing annual budget of a'ny^two major 
producer-distributors. Not included 
in . this output are the newly-formed 
units of Mervyo LeRoy. B: G. De- 
Sylva and Preston St urges which 
would raise annual output by an 
estimated $12,000,000 or more, noi- 
some 30 productions iii early stages 
of planning for United Artists re- 
lease: •■■•/-. -'.'..■• .'■■'. '''...''-' ■; ."' ■-'.:■:• 

While' a substantial slice of the 
total consists' of independent deals 
with, producer-distributors.: around 
$40,000,000. or from GO to*70 e " of in- 
dependent negatives, is. represented 
by indies releasing through United 
Artists. Others, outside of. UA. are 
Hal Wallis, releasing through Para- 
mount:; International, releasing 
through RKO: ' Samuel Goldwyn. 
Edward Golden. Walt Disney - and 
Frank Ross, releasing through RKO; 
Edward L Alperson, . releasing 
through 20th-Fox. Charles. K. Fold- 
man, aI.<o reported setting, a deal 
for- package production for release 
through. 20th-F6x. y 

".' •". ; '- • ' Some Costs ' • '.,'<. ' 

According to UA execs, estimated 
negative costs. Of product completed, 
or nearly completed 'and scheduled 
for release, in the near future are 
as follows: "Tomorrow the World." 
over, $800,000: "The Great John L." 
(Crosby), approximately $900,000; 
"it's In the Bag." (Fred Allen 
starrer I. $1,000,000; "Spellbound" 
(Selznickj, $1,500,000; "Delightfully 
Dangerous." $850-$900.000; •'Brew- 
ster's Millions." approximately S750.- 
000: "I'll Be Seeing You," (Selzhicki. 
$1,500,000; "Guest in The House." 
(Stromberg), over $1,000,000; "Hold 
Autumn In, - Your . Hand,*' -: (David 
Loewi, $750,000: "Blood In The Sun," 
(Cagiicyi. $750,000; "Col. Blimp." 
(Rank i $2,000,000; 'Walk Iii The 
Sun." (Bronston). $800,000; "Dark 
Waters' (Bo be a iis), $800.000>; 
"Three's A Family,", $650,000:; -, 

In addition to these, negatives, 
totaling around $15,000,000. there are 
three Selzpiek productions ."sched- 
uled, later ..("So Little Time,". "No- 
torious" and > Look Homeward, 
Ahget'"!, - representing negative 
costs of some $6,000:000, and around 
$7,000,000 . in negatives from J. 
Arthur Rank, whose "Anthony and 
Cleopatra" is said to be one of the 
most expensive .pictures ever made. 

Scheduled to follow the first list 
in the UA "completed" category are 
an additional number - of pictures 
completion dates of which are " fur- 
ther off. with estimated budgets as 
. (Continued on page 18 J 



Bringing in the Strays 



' Holly wood, Oct, 31. 
Total Of . 33 borrowed and, free- 
lance' players,' the highest in years; is 
currently attached to tlie.:j)ayroll at 

Warners;;'.";:- •.•''.;■■. •',- <' : .. ' .'■ ! ' ■ :";"«•'' 
Outsiders are in addition to .ne production ii: the U 



studio's Conti act list of 24 stars and 
59. i'ca.t.'lred players. - . 



Wfext important, move in film pro.-' 
ductioii which is under considera- 
tion by the. British government is 
the. production of motion pictures 
specifically for use ill school and 
university classrooms. ' M-!s a field 
which has- .nOv yet been touched nl 
Englaiid-' allliough there - has been 
considerable development of such 
S. during, the 



Archibald May 
Head Rank Prod. 



George Archibald, currently con- 
troller iii the British Ministry of III-, 
formation- in London, will likely be- 
come production topper for J. Ar- 
thur Rank. if. as and when he leaves 
the: Government services: It had 
previously ..been considered, likely 
that -Archibald, with his distribution 
background ( he was formerly British 
managing 1 . director for United Art- 
ists).. would handle Sales. 
'-.While : Archibald, who is likely to 
remain with the BMI until the wai's 
end, has not indicated when he will 
iikcly join Rank, he has shown in- 
creasing interest in the postwar re- 
-vi.vai of the,British film industry, 
;. . Archibald, noting that only, around 
40 British pictures are now produced 
annually as compared with 120 be- 
fore the war, hopes for a gradual in- 
crease to the pre-war levels as soon 
as conditions permit. At the same 
time. British film interests will likely 
endeavor. to retain the improvements 
which they have made in. the quality 
of their domestic production. 

. Believed in British film circles that 
a return to pre-war quantity of til hi 
production is not likely for two or 
three years; that the. greatest prog- 
ress can be made in seeking contin- 
ual improvement of quality. 



SID SPIEGEL, JR. (S&S) 
LEFT ESTATE OF 500G 

• Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Sidney M. Siegel, Jr., secretary 
and- 'treasurer of the Essaness The- 
atie Corporation, who died here 
Oc t. 19.: left, an estate of $500,000, 
according to will filed in the probate 
court here. . "-'; '/ ' '•,•'-. , 
. Major portion of th« estate was 
left to the widow Kathiyn. with be- 
quests to, several charities. ■.-'/., 



Report Renewal Of 
Talks to Readjust 
Old Spitz-RKO Pact 

. Leo Spitz is. reported seeking to 
reopen disciission . of terms under 
which his. dea'l with RKO was ternu- 
hated several years ago. Understood 
that RKO attorneys- are going. ove.V 
detail's of the final, lump sum settle- 
ment which former president George 
J. Sehaeter wa>; authorized to- make; 
by' the. RKO. board of directors. ; 

Win • Spitz stepped out as RKO 
prexy he whs retained for a c-bn- 
s'iderable . period on . an annual -i e- 
taiuer basis by RKO.. Later Scliat'lcr. 
from account v, was authorized to 
'make a. final settlement, 

Sch'ael'er. who resigned as RKO 
prexy over tSyo years ago, later also 
demanded a. settlement for services 
which, he.' contended, - resulted «i 
profits which accrued to the company 
following hi 

Fitelsoii, -'. a t t o r n e-y, - represented 
Schaefer in these negotiations which 
vyere set i'led but of court. . 

Spiu. from accounts, may he. seek- 
ing a similar., 'adjustment based of. 
Vlc'velopmeiits following his resigna- 
tion fi.pm tlie RKO post. 



M-G Machinists Avert 
Walkout at Studio 

Hollywood. Oct. 31. 
Machinists", strike at Metro, slated 
for Nov. 1, Was averted at a confer- 
ence between E. J. Mannix, repre- 
senting the studio, and Herbert Sor- 
rell. prexy of the Conference of 
Studio Unions. 

: Trouble ' was , caused by a juris- 
dictional disputs between atudio 
Machinists Local 1185 and IATSE 
Local 44, Final decision will be 
rendered by .the' Executive Commit- 
tee, of the . American Federal ion of 
Labor, slated to meet. shortly in New 
Orleans. '"-,;, ■-, ".'-.' •>.::'■. ,." ....'' 



'Malachy,' 'Blind' For 
Lewton As -A' Debuts 

■ ■:•• Hollywood, Oct. .i! . 
Val . Lewton, rec ently -lipped to 
;' A:" p'i-odiic-cV -at RKO, dra'ws "Fatlier 
Malachy's Miracle" 'and "None So 
Blind.' on his shooting schedule; 

Henry Myers Is scripting "Miracle' 
and Michael Hogan is screcnplaying 
"Blind." ; .,-'■',: ■."-'-.■■ ' - 



past few years.. 

This phase of film production in 
Britain not yet detiniteU decided, 
upon, would be in- addition to gen- 
eral educational films, for non-the- 
alriea exhibition w.hicl have gained 
wide circulation, m -Britain, par- 
ticularly during the .war years. 
Tlies-e ,a.re. chietly, informative films . 
on national, war, social, economic 
and l ealth problems, most of which 
have been, produced and distributed 
under the British Informal ion. Ser- 
vices. .-. ■ ;'"■.' ": '!•''->-. 7/ '.';' •"■■' !'••-.. 

British ■ officials have been study-, 
ing the values of classroom films 
used ,m. the U S, to speed and 
elaborate standard educational pi-ucr 
esses. Importance .of films .for 
classroom education has been em- 
phasized by U. S military author- 
ities, some of whom have stated that 
motion pictures werc to a large ex- 
tent responsible for the abilitv to 
build and train- the vast American 
armed forces . in a relatively -short 
time. Some . estimated . training 
periods. -were cut: by; some 40''; 
through use; of films. : 'V >- : 

-British Government; meantime, is' 
not likely to increase, film, produc- 
tion (apart from classroom films) 
after the ..war, according to George 
Archibald, controller in, the British 
Ministry of Information jn London, 
who is in the U. S. for. a short, visit. 
Indications are that production of 
non-theatrical films will: be lower 
than- in the war years though 
(Continued on page 16) - 



Bill Gehring OK Again 

. William : C, Gehring. 20th-Fox 
western sale's manager, returned to 
departure. William II. . his office ill ;.N«- V. this week, after 
being, away sick for about three 
'weeks. .. . ■■-','■ : . 

- Gehring. was taken, ill, In: St; Louis 
while en route to the Coast, ahd 
forced to enter. a hospital there for 
.stomach ailment, . Returned to N; Y 
about 10 clays ago. . . . -,' ■ -...';. 



WANGER GIVEN SIXTH 
TERM AS ACAD PREZ 

Hollywood, Oct. SI: 
For the . sixth consecutive ■ year 
Walter Wanger was elected presi- 
dent of the Academy of. Motion- Pic- 
ture Arts and Sciences after protest- 
ing that he didn't want. the. job. ". .'.'■ 
Other officers for the next year 
are .lean Hersho!'.. Michael Curtiz, 
Ronald Col man and , Mary McCati, 
•Jr.. veepees; John LeRoy Johnston, 
secretary, and Nat Fi.nston, treas- 
urer. '■ . .''■■• 




Trado Moi;. 1irg\*u ! 

i-'OiST>MU hy sun-; sii,v>;i:mvn 
VuWsiml WV«Kly li.r V.iKtl'.TV, inr. 

Siil Sii viM-iii:i ii. l'i i-Hi,l,-iif ••; . 
Ul West A C Ill St., Now 'ye.'rli |:/;-.S.' J* 



scjiscitii'Tios' . 

A-hri'int. . . ,:?I0 I'-liM'riy n . 

^iuK u c 'o.i'io.-*,, ..... .... .'. . . 



V-ol. l-d 



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X.:. S 



INDEX 




Chatter . .. ,.: 


47." 


fllllT RCMCW.S . , 


... HI 


House Reviews ,'' " 


. . . . .41 


Inside — Legit . 


. .4S 


. International 


.. . 1" 


Legitimate . . . 


: . . . 4:1 


Literati , 


:, :'; -47 - 


Music . 


.3+ 


Night C! Li b Rev ie »•> .• . 


40 


Obituary . . . . . ,'.,. ,, , .'.;';;' 


;/,;' "4-2' 


Orchestras ;. 1 . . .:..,;,, 


: ;',"':' 34- 


Pictures , . .. ... . 




Radio ... . .:.,,;-.;■ 


■ . »:-)- 


Radio Reviews , , , 


:: . . , 3-2 


Frank Scully. . ,,. . . 


'".'. ..: *2 


Vaudeyille :. ........ , 


. . 39 


War Activities „..,.,. 




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SIKTH WAR LOAN! 



WAR ACTIVITIES 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, November 1 , 194 % 



Exhibs, Distribs, in Mass Huddles, 
Blueprint Plans for 6th Bond Drive 



Following well-attended meetings* 
of exhibitors and distributor repre- 
sentatives in several key cities, on 
the Pacific Coast and. in the midwest, 
national committee representatives 
continued their whirlwind tour to 
blueprint plans for the forthcoming 
film industry participation in the. 
iTHtrons Sixth War Loan drive. 

Led by national campaign chair- 
man Harry Brandt.' and ■ including 
Ned E. Depinet national -'distributor 
chairman. John D. Hertz, -Jr.. na- 
tional ad. and publicity director, 
John Rugar. national co-chairman: 
Capt.- Raymond' W. Wild. Treasury 
Dept. rep, and others, industry par- 
ticipation by the. nation's' nearly 16,- 
000 theatres to help reach the $14,- 
v 000.000,000 goal was. assured. 

Brandt and his four honorary 
chairmen. Si Fabian; L. C. Griffith, 
Charles SkQuras and R. J. O Donnell. 
have devised a plan for a "medal of 
honor" /to be .given to all industry 
exhibs who. will be ./issuing agents 
for bonds during the drive which 
lakes place Irom Nov. 20 through 
Dec. 16. Jay Emanuel, national, cam- 
paign coordinator, has advised the 
irne co-chairmen for the drive 
»'• oughout the country to secure 
verified lists of industry personnel 
entitled to receive this special award. 

In" Hollywood, plans moved, for- 
ward for a gasless parade to inaugu- 
rate the Sixth War Loan drive in 
''that area, with an entry list of cow- 
boys, stage coaches and other ap- 
purtenances of the horse era, drawn 
chiefly from the film studios. Harry 
Sherman will be marshal of this 
. cavalcade. '•..■:/ -. ';■ ■>■:/-,';■ 

Last week members of the N. Y. 
uvea committee for the campaign 
met. with Major L. E. Thompson, 
jSj. Y. drive director presiding, and 
heard Fred Gehle, state chairman, 
declare that N. Y. state would be 
responsible for selling 30''-«. of- the 
rational quota of bonds during the 
. drive. Those attending the session 
were, given a special bulletin pre- 
pared by the N. Y. publicity com- 
mittee under Harry Mandel, which 
will augment ideas contained in the 
Sixth War Loan press book to be 
issued around Nov.,1. < 

As a. curtain raiser and "preview" 
of the drive, the Capitol theatre, 
N. Y., will present the world preem 
showing of Metro's "30 Seconds Over 
• T.'.kyo - ' at 9 p.m. Wednesday « 15) 
with admittance by bond purchases 
only. This will probably be the first 
bond; preem of the forthcoming cam 
paign.. More than 5,000 
};rc expected to be sold for "this 
wing. ,'./'•'' 
Film industry of five midweslern 
•st: tes set its machinery in motion 
ff> participation in. the all-out cam- 
pj'i'.n .at a meeting, of exhib and dis- 
ti\b vtps in Omaha last Friday i27). 
, fnllowed by a similar session in 
ly-jisas City.. Saturday afternoon 
■ • l . •. Plans promulgated at these 

fissions. . dining Which national 



Moves Too Fast 

. Series' of transcriptions : to , 
have been. made by Arch Oboler 
and Bill Robsoh for the Treasr 
ury Dept's Sixth War Bond drive 
has been cancelled. '.. '.V- : 

Reason is that the war in the 
Pacific .has moved so quickly the 
subject, matter originally chosen 
Already has beer, outmoded. 



WING IN 3-FOLD SETUP 
FOR 6TH BOND DRIVE 

'The Speakers Bureau of American 
Theatre -Wing, now . supplying legit 
talent to. theatres as intermission 
speakers for the War Fund drive, 
plans similar activity for forthcom- 
ing 6th war loan campaign. In addi- 
tion, the Bureau's two adjuncts, the 
Victory Players and the Script De- 
partment, will be utilized in the bond 
drive. The former is sending out 
actor troupes in sketches dramatizing 
the campaign, the latter is supplying 
sketches to various civic groups 
throughout the country to stage 
themselves. The bond drive is ex- 
pected to be the biggest venture of 
the Wing's Victory Players to date, 
with thcee sketches to be done by 
multiple troupes of actors, most of 
them Equity members, all serving on 
volunteer basis. 

Victory Players of the Wing's 
Philadelphia branch will be toured 
and subsidized by the U. S. Treasury 
on trips to every county in Penn- 
sylvania, with 10 companies doing 
sketches, planning 800 performances 
.in the four-week drive. The Treas- 
ury has cancelled Hollywood celebs 
booked for the Pennsylvania cam- 
paign, and discontinued use of re- 
turned servicemen, to concentrate on 
the Victory Players. In other areas! 
like New York, the Treasury will 
call on the Wing's troupes but not 
as intensively as in Pennsylvania. 




JERRY WAYNE 

I'urreitll.v Henri lining Ko\y, New York 
Singing Star of Ed Wynn 8how 

For Borden a Friday Nites, T P.M. 

on the Blue, WJJ5 ■ 
I "Jerry Wayne knows all the tricks 
of selling' a song;." 

HARRIET VAN HORNE, 
'"....■•; "■ World-Telegram. 
IVrNiinul Miintigfitifiit 
DELL PETERS 
> Ml VIMIi Avr., ,N*W York city. 
I'llblieity, A K I M I K PIN K 



Transit Snags Deny 
Shows to Front Troops 

Paris, Oct. 31. 
Recent Army ' order banning USO 
shows in Paris, because frontline 
troops felt they were being neglect- 
ed, has caused ironic, situation here, 
several USO shows being stranded 
in the city without transportation to 
the front and thus not being permit- 
ted to perform. Visiting GIs here 
E*'^ bonds ' nave to depend on French stars or 
on films for entertainment. , . - 
Transportation is being held up 
because Army has more pressing 
war, needs. ' •' '.'." •': .' • ' . , ' 



General Sales Meet For 
WB in N. Y.Nov. 9-10 

A general sales meeting, to.be at- 
tended by homeoffice distribution ex- 
ecutives as well as all district mana- 
gers, will be held by Warners on 
Nov. 9-10 at the Warner homeoffice 
in N. Y; with Ben Kalmenson, gen- 
eral sales manager of the company, 
presiding. Policy, plans on forth- 
coming product and related matters 
will be discussed. 

District managers to be on hand 
will include Norman Ayers. Eastern; 
Robert Smeltze.r, Mid - A 1 1 a n t i c ; 
Charles Rich, Central; Harry A. 
Seed, Midwest; Hall Walsh, Prairie; 
R. L. McCoy, Southern; Henhy.Her- 
bel. West Coast, and Ralph Clark, 
Canadian. •';'".'•-• ; - 

In addition to S. Charles Einfeld, 
east from, the Coast, and Mort 
Blumenstock, eastern advertising- 
publicily director; h o. sales execs at- 
tending the sessions are Arthur 
Sachsdn. assistant general sales 
manager; Roy Haines, western- 
southern divisional head; Jules La- 
pidus, eas'.ern divisional sales mgr.; 
I. F, Dolid, supervisor of exchanges; 
Ed Hinchy, head of the playdate de- 
partment; S'anley Hatch, contract 
manager, and Norman H. Moray, 
shorts sales head. 



AAF STEPPING UP ITS 
PIX PROD. ON COAST 

■ ' Washington, Oct. 31, 
Stories- that the Army. Air Forces 
plan to fold the big studio at Culver 
City are apparently without basis. 

The real inside appears to be that 
Culver City will step up its activity 
and that practically all AAF film 
production will move to the Coast. 
The 5th AAF base unit in New York 
will probably discontinue all but its 
newsreel activities in the near fu- 
ture, shifting personnel and material 
to Culver City. . 



Xmas Presents for All 
GI Convalescents Aim Of 
Am. Legion, Eddie Cantor 

More than 100,000 packages have 
already been channelled into hos- 
pitals for GI, wounded home from ' 
the fighting fronts in the show biz- j 
American Legion, Christmas .."cheer, 
up" campaign. 

Unusual humanitarian move.iiri- 
tiated by Eddie Cantor and backed 
by. a multiple all-out promotion 
drive qn the part of NBC- Bristol- 
Myers (-sponsors of the Cantor Wed- 
nesday night show), Young & Rubi- 
cam, the American Legion, and the 
National Retail Dry Goods Assn;, ts 
designed to reach out to every one 
of the thousands of GI wounded and 
convalescents back in this country. 

For the past four weeks Cantor 
Via his "Time to Smile" airer has 
been driving home to listeners their 
duty to get the Yule packages mov- 
ing off the dept. store shelves to the 
bedsides of the wounded boys; - with 
the campaign currently being spurred 
on by 12.065 American Legion posts, 
9,499 auxiliaries and others. .' ; 



Raritan's 5 Nucleus Of 
Wackoff Buying Service 

The ,'Raritnn .circuit of New Jer- 
sey, headed by Morris Jacks and 
John Bookbinder, which until re- 



man Harry Brandt and others i cently was hooked up With the 



spoke, call for free matinees with 
blinds es admission tickets, special 
'Continued on page 18) ■ , 



E>: r ra 25c Divvy Brings 
20Mox to $2 on Year 



ve; r to ' 2. Diiet t i! s pUo, de; l.u xd 
50>.' which is ..listed as the regular 

ir.tarte '' fs > '"■ i* 1 ; 1 < <i ' eo titnon 



Walter ffaade chain under an oper 
ating agreement, forms the nucleus 
of a new buying association estab- 
lished by Arthur A. Wackoff. for 
many years buyer-booker for the 
Rcar'.e circuit. 

Raritan houses, numbering five, 
are the Ditmas and Crescent in Perth 
Amboy, the Strand and Lyric in 
Bv cutting ?.n extra 25c melon on , Summ'it ; ' : ah.d the Madison at Marii- 
51- ; : V:timon,at. lts directorate meet- j *?"' a " J f . rhe .v we're- for- 
Thursday (26) in NY. ?0;h-Fox ■ '" elly opera ed . by Reade under a 
b':ou-lH' l t'ie' :' dividends 'oh 'i:icse : ! ' T^-',-: P° ohn S agreement which 
sWs-paid or declared pdy.iblc. this'. l^?? ?i CQ "S e .months ago.'-. .; 

... : Wackelt states thiit other houses 
; lor u iuch' he would buy and book. 
i are; at. present .ia th e ' process . of 
C >: poi ation.had paid -$1 .25 P'-evious,.i "foliation lie ,. will not restrict 
)y llvs year, representing two 50c ! opeial.ons to . Jersey 
(i 



Clifford Severn, 19, Off 
To So. Africa to Enlist 

• Because he is. a native of South 
Africa, Clifford Severn. 19-year-old 
who appeared receniiy in "They 
Live in Fear" for Columbia, is re- 
lu.rhing to that country to enlist in 
the Army there. He arrived in N.Y. 
over the weekend, headed for Cape- 
town... 

Young' Severn is the oldest of 
seven children, and all of them have 
been in pictures. South Africa is 
still the home of his parents. 



$150,000 in Back Pay To 
N.Y. Screen Publicists 

• A total of approximately $150,000 
retroactive pay was paid by N. Y. 
homeofTices of major prodiicer-dis- 
tributors to members of the Screen 
Publicists Guild. CIO. under provi- 
sions of the two-year contract re- 
cently placed in force... '"• .'■ 

The retroactive pay, under in- 
crease of varying proportions, as 
granted under the new deal recently 
made, covers a total of 78 Weeks 
and brings all members of the east- 
ern SPG up to the 15% limitation 
of the so-called Little Steel Formula. 



Hail Contribs Of 
Foxhole Troupers 

•Two reports) last Week from over- 
seas, one from a non-coin Army 
mail, . another from a Blue network 
correspondent, were particularly 
sisniiicant because they followed on 
the heels of broadsides aimed at 
American performers Tor their al- 
legedly lax attitude in entertaining 
servicemen in the China-Burma-In- 
dia area. The attacks were started a 
couple of weeks by the CB1 Round- 
up. Army newspaper, and has since 
served to raise a considerable stew 
in tins country. 

Cast ot "Over 21," first legit show 
to play the foxhole circuit in Africa'-, 
and Italy, returned lo New Yoik 
late, last week, ■■ •.■■haying remained 
overseas for the full six months 
originally, scheduled. A firsthand 
report about the show from a sol- 
dier at the front headed Ed Sulli- 
van's Broadway column in the Sun- 
day (291 News. N: Y„ Sgt. Sid Weiss 
writing; 

T am going to ask you to tovv a 
hotiauct or two in ••;e direction of 
a USO unit headed by Erin O'Brien 
Moore. Philip Ober, Judson Laire, 
Adele Longmire, Vivian Vance, Bob 
Allen and Harry Bellaver. The 
unit has been touring northern Italy 
in a legit show called "Over il" and 
it's by far the best morale-booster 
I've yet caught on this side. The 
guys of the Fifth Army fell in love 
with the show at first sight ... I 
don't know how much has been writ- 
ten about these units : . . '.,. : , but it 
couldn't be too much. Ei in O'Brien 
Moore, for instance, carried the ball 
when she lost 18 pounds from a 
threatened pneumonia siege . . . tell 
them back home that the Fifth 
Army thinks, these people are swell." 

/Upon arrival Miss Moore was. still 
considerably, under Weight. ... 

Shortwaved via WJZ-BlUe. to the 
States from Belgium last Friday 
• 27) afternoon was a report from 
Gordon Fraser. who. paid hijth 
tribute, to a troupe of Ameiieen 
"smalllimc" performers, entertaining 
Hoops at the front. It was a spot, 
broadcast, lasting only a couple of 
minutes, as part of the Blue's gen- 
eral newscast from its correspond- 
ents abroad. V . 



representins .two 
"Hid p'n errlicr one of 25c j 
:f);l5-Fox: f'l'ii'eetprs • also declared | 
t' 1 «>•.({• I.' SJ 12- quarterly on prior ' 
p. iie red- and 3-7.? ^c. on . cunvcrf iblc ' 
Rre.ft'-rre.fi.- Tiie 75c. on' eommoh and 1 
convertible, preferred divvy, are pay- j 

Uec* 15 t«V stockholders of ,rec- 
: (j;;d Nov- 15. Prior preferred divvy 
piiyabj'e' Dec. 15. to stockholders 
o!' rei'i.ird Nov 6. . '. . .; . 



Berlin's 20 Pix Songs 

■•; „■'■■' 'Holly wood. Or-t. 31. 

Devi lopmcnt of story line of 
"B'ue Skies" got under way y ester- 
f"'i:.y < S01 with arrival of Irving Ber- 

■ !;i- : ";. ' ■ •;■■:,: :'-.;- " - 

'•Ju.-i.eal'.-iw Technicolor with Mark 
8».J :iric!i •p/otlucing , >nd riiieelihg 
will h;t\ e 20 Berlin tlittits, some new, 
some old. : ■ 



Bud Lollier's Spill 

. i'fol'vwooi . OJ 31 
Bud. Lollitr. .'•Fox-'Wcst C v -t 
official, suhcreri bruises and a 
broken ankle ■';, when", 'the '.."'''steering 
knuckle of the car he was ' iiviving 
broke and sent his auto erashirts into 
a free. 

Accident occurred near Bukci's- 
field, Calif., and Lollier was bi ought 
to L. A; i tter emei'eney tret-tmen; 

AMPAEO ITURBI OVERSEAS 

, .Amparo Iturbi, p Miis, s.«U> of 
Jose Iturbi, is going overseas with a 
concert unit for USO-Camp Shows. 
ui1.il : 'including Helen AirofT, Lela 
flyiin. Gwendolyn Thomas . ;ind 
Frank Piti'timbo.- - ; .'; ' 

Tour is set for six months. , 



Jim Sauter's Encore 

• Reappointment of James E. Sauter 
a.s chairman of the entertainment in- 
dustry division of the War Finance 
Committee for N.Y. was announced 
last week. ..•>..' - V.. }■ •. ■ "... . 

. Sauter. who is executive director 
of the United Theatrical War Ac- 
t'viU'rs; Commitlec,- has . served the 
Tr.ei-vury Df pt,' as a rep of the en* 
tcrlainiiient .industry .since the . in- 
ception ot the w ir bond organization 
in N Y in 1041. 

L. A. toN. Y~ 

Ch, ' H tie. Boerner. 

Bruce Cabot. ■■ •, ;■ -•'■. ■ : 

• Bonnie C; hm 
Cc-cli ic Gibbons. 
Maurice Krllis. 

. Madeleine LeBeau. 

John Nesbilt, 
• Ann Rutherford: . 

Andrew Solt. 
■ Bill Stuhler, 

Joseph Szigeti;. .";■' .,'■,'• ■ [ C;.-,' : '.-- 

Charles Vidor.. ' 

Dick Walsh. 

Carey Wilson. 
. Nat Woifl - .'. 



Flacks, Prods. Face WLB 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Conflict between the Screen Pub- 
licists Guild and the major studios 
over a new contract is Headed for 
the War Labor Board for final de- 
cision, following the refusal of both 
sides to agree , at a hearing before j 
Earl J. Ruddy, U. S. Coiieiliation 
Commissioner. . 

Chief points of disagreements are j 
classifications and computation of 
salaries on actual hours worked in- 
stead of the Current 54-hour week. 

Jack Warner to Be i 
Quizzed in Trust Suit 

Warner Bros., through its vice- 
president; Jack L. Warner, will be 
examined before trial of the Hill- 
side Amus. Corp.'s anti-trust action, 
according to notice filed last week 
(25) in N. Y. federal court. Exami- 
nation is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the 
offices of Hays. Podeil & Schulman, 
Hillside attorneys. 

Meanwhile, on Thursday t26>, 
Federal Judge Simon H. Rifkind, 
reserved decision on motion by Hill- 
side attorneys to compel Paramount 
Pictures, to produce, certain .docu- 
| ments needed to complete the.exaini- 
l nation of Adolph Zukor chairman 
of the Board at Paramount. ', . 

Suit seeks triple damages of SDOO,- 
000. against Warner. Paramount and 
IB other, defendants. Hillside, oper- 
ator of the Mayfair theatre. Hill- 
side, N. J., charges that the cinh't 
major film companies and. their sub.-.' 
sidiarieis conspired to violate t;he 
t r lb t laws by restraining trade in 
the distribution, of fustrun films and 
preventing the May fair' from obtain- 
ing them 



N. Y. to 1. A. 



Jack Hill. ':.,, 
Lee" .Ma'rcttf. 
Phi! Spitalnv 
Jack Rourkc. 



SPITZ-GOETZ, GOLDWYN 
NAB RKO BLDG. SPACE 

Wi'.h; office space in N. Y. at a 
premium, the International Pic xires- 
iSpitz-Goetz) and Samuel Goldwyn 
oi ganizations have nabbed 8,500 teet 
of office space on the eighth floor 
of the RKO buildinfe. • Both leases 
are advantageous,- particularly since 
each. firm releases pictures through' 
RKO. U. S. Army formerly, oc- 
cupied the premises'. 

Results in a coordination of Inter- 
national's eastern publicity and dis- 
tribution .offices from Office stiit.es mi 
another floor in same building and 
in the Time and Life edifice a.s well. 
Goldwyn publicity unit also moves 
down from another floor in RKO 
building, while this outfit's distrib 
toppers will shift over from present 
offices iii 729 7th Avenue. 



McMurphey's Ad Post 

' v Washington, Oct. :tl. 

George W. McMurphey, foi nv. r 
head of the recreation aiid amuse- 
ment section of the WPB Office of i 
Civilian Requirements, who is now 
working on a safety campaign for 
OWI, is skedded to leave the 'Gbvcrn- 
menl iii the near future. 

The one-time Coast showman Wit! 
become assistant' director o? adver- 
tising for the De .Soto automobile 
plant in Detroit. 



Awards Actress 6c 

In Action Vs. Loew's 

Six cents, was. awarded Peggy 
Calvert, actres-singer, by a New 
York, supreme court jury on Friday 
127) in her .second try for i50;000 
•dainages against Loew s, Inc , foi al- 
leged invasion of her rif-hts of pri- 
vacy. 'The. verdict came alter an 
hour's deliberation by the jury in 
the; three-day trial before Justice 
Lloyd Church. • 

Tiie actrOi's .'had charged that her 
civil rights were invaded in the 
'Metro '.film.. "Keeping Company." re-, 
leased in 1941.. She alleged that a 
scene in the picture showed two 
characters reading and discussing a 
newspaper headline. "Mrs; Jessie 
Calvert Divorced." Remarks made 
by the players, she charged, were 
defamatory arid' scandalous. Was 
about her and had subjected her to 
ridicule and shame. The actress had 
been divorced from Edward N. Cal- 
vert, Jr.. in 1938. .'' 

The first court action against 
Loew's was dismissed last year lor 
lack of sufficient facts to constitute 
a cause of action. The suit then was 
a -libel-, .action.' Loew's wis named . 
because. . it's parent company lor. 
Metro. 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



PICTURES 



Fanchon & Marco Files $285,000 
Damage Suit Against Indies, AAA 



St. Louis, Oct. 31. 
Squabbles .with the AAA, five 
major flicker distribs and indie 
nicker house exhibs extending over 
a period of several months reached 
the boiling point last week when 
the Fanchon & Marco Service 
Corp., its officers and -31 theatres 
the corporation operates under con- 
tract with the StrLouis Amusement 
Co., filed a $285,000 damage suit 
against two indie flicker house own- 
ers, a corporation controlling one, 
officers of the local AAA and the 
five major distribs. Charges of re- 
straint of trade against the distribs, 
and lack of jurisdiction of AAA are 
made in a lengthy petition. 

The trouble started when the; 
Apollo, Theatre Corp., owner of a 
'small west' end nabe through its 
pier, Joseph Litvag, obtained a rul- 
ing from Harry G. Erbs, arbitrator 
of the local AAA, whereby the 
clearance of flickers for the Apollo 
from St. Louis Amuse. Co. was cut to 
seven days. The other pending case 
is that of Adolph Rosecan, owner- 
operator of •' the':' Princess, a . South 
.St. Louis nabe, who seeks a reduc- 
tion: of clearance of flickers from 
those of the St. Louis Amus. Co 

The, plaintiffs are the Amuse- 
ment Co., F&M, Eden Theatre Co., 
operator of the 5,000 sealer Fox, the 
Missouri Theatre Corp., which op- 
erates the v Misspui:i in midtown,. and 
James H. Arthur, David G. Arthur, 
; Edward -" B. Arthur, Thomas G. 
Arthur. Harry C. Arthur III and 
Edward r L. -Murphy' 



U. S. Rests in Schine Case 

Buffalo, Oct. 31. 
Government in Schine anti-trust 
suit finished its case the end of tht 
week as far as testimony of prosecu- 
tion witnesses was concerned. Week- 
end was largely occupied by intro- 
duction into evidence of documents 
which number well over a thousand. 
• It is understood that the defense 
will commence its case next week, 
with J. Meyer Schine, president of 
Schine Theatres, Inc., taking the 
stand as the first witness. "■';.- 



Lasky Out As 
WB Producer 



partners - in the operation of the 
Shubert,. also in midtown. The de- 
fendants, are Paramount, RKO, 20tli- j 
F(i.i<, Warners! Harold D. Connor, 
eieik of the - AAA, Harry G Erbs, \ 
arbitrator , for. the AAA, Apollo 
Theatre Corp. and its pic/, and prin- 
cipal owner,, Joseph ; Litvag, arid 
Atlolph Rosecan. 

Five of the Arthur brothers, 
James, David, flarry C III, Edward 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Jesse L. Lasky, staff producer: at 
Warners. for three, years, checked off. 
the; lot and will vacation at Palin 
Springs ' for several weeks before 
announcing a new connection, 

About four years ago Lasky moved 
into, the Burbank studio to produce 
"Sergeant York" under a special fi- 
nancing-, deal. Later; as a regular 
staff producer, he made "The Adven- 
tures of Mark Twain" and recently, 
finished, "Rhapsody in Blue." On his 
slate was "The Two Mrs. Carrolls," 
Which will be turned over to another 
who are co-j producer. - .; 



Schreiber Joins Condon 

Ed Schreiber, War Activities Com- 
mittee p.a,, has joined the Dick Con- 
don agency to handle motion picture 
accounts,:,. 

Schreiber was with Warners be- 
fore going to the WAC. 

Dorothy Blaine has closed her 
publicity office in Chicago to join 
Condon also, 

Schreiber leaves WAC Dec. 1 
successor yet selected. -■■: 



RKO Managers' Unionization in N.Y. 
Expected to Cue Others Nationally 



•No-, 



M-G Home From the Wars 

-'■'." Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Home front is the scene of seven 
pictures currently, in work at Metro, 
indicating a trend away from over- 
seas themes. 

Backgrounded 'in the U.S. A! are 
"Weekend at the Waldorf," "The 
Clock," "The Valley b( Decision," 



Arrily," "Without Love" and 
Vines Have Tender Grapes.' 



'Wilsons' $1,175,000 
In Limited Number Of 
N.Y. Dates; RKO's205G 



A. total of approximately $1,175,000 
iri gross has so far been established 
on a limited number of dates in NY. 
. theatres by "Wilson," this including 
and James, are in the aimed ser-, $ 2 05.000 "grossed on a three-day play 
vices and are involved as defend- in . 41 RKO a nd a few affiliated 



ants i.ii the pendin 
brought by Rosecan. . A charge is 
made in the petition that under the 
Si Idlers' and Sailors' Civil Relief 

' Act they arc entitled to have any 
court action . held' in abeyance, un- 

:til their discharge frorfi the- service 
and . this further involves the pro- 
ceedings^ ,■ :.• '■: . . .'.•.■.■:'■■,'■,.' 

Russell Hardy, former U, S. Atty. 
Gen. who prosecuted the major 
distribs and , their officers on anti- 
trust charges here several years ago, 
is representing the plaintiffs. 



TINTED FILM HYPOED 
14-FOLD IN 10 YEARS 

Holly wool, Oct. 31, 
- Output , of tinted footage at the 
Technicolor plant has leaped from 
9.000,000 feet in 1933, the first year 
of three-color processing, to 125.000,- 
000 in 1943. almost a 14-fold increase 
in 10 years. 

First producer to use the three- 
color film was Walt Disney, in a 
. "Silly Symphony", as an experiment 
late in 1932. Next year he signed a 
contract with Technicolor and has 
been using it ever since. 



Selznick to Film 

Henry James Novel 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. j 
David. O. Selznick acquired screen | 
rights to "The Wings of the Dove," 
the first H c,lr y James novel pur- 
chased for filming. 

Picture, dealing with social life at 
the turn of the century, will follow 
"Bernhardt'' in the Selznick produc- 
•'tion schedule.. . ' , - .-,: ':;' :.■■•.:■ 

Takes Lady for a Ride 

. - "■ Hollywood, Oct. 31 
Charles David drew a new asso- 
ciate .producer-director contract at 
Universal and was assigned to a 
One-way chore as pilot of "Lady On 
a Train:" ■- .-.;;>. ' ■ 

Picture goes into work in 10 days, 
with Felix Jackson producing'., - ■'■• 



arbitration I S1 . ()liras thea t res Monday-Tuesday- 
Wednesday (23-24-25). ;. • 

This is the second highest total 
ever registered by the RKO circuit, 
having been exceeded last summer 
ofiiy bv "Bernadette," which played 
the same 41 Greater N. Y. RKO 
houses on July 3-4-5. While "Ber- 
nadette" brought in gross receipts of 
$285,000, comparison of $205,000 for 
"Wilson" is important in that the 
latter on the short-half of the week 
(same days) not only played at a 
time when election fever is hot and 
theatre business is ordinarily af- 
fected, but "Bernadette" included the 
Fourth of July. In addition, "Ber 
iiadette" got the benefit of Monday 
(July 3) when schools were out and 
many got a four-day holiday week 
'end. ■■'/■' 

"Wilson," which played the Roxy, 
N Y., eight weeks, grossed $862,000 
n'et .at that house. It went into the 
little Victoria, N. Y., on moveover 
from the Roxy . and on the first five 
weeks there has accounted for $68, 
000. On the same date that it went 
into the Victoria, picture was spotted 
by RKO in its Orpheum, Brooklyn, 
which plays behind other RKO 
houses in that area. On 33 days at 
the Orpheum, Brooklyn, the gross 
was $51,500, whereas the house aver 
age there is $5,000. 

Playing the Roxy and Victoria at 
advanced admissions of 76c and $1.50, 
the other houses (including RKO's 
group at 76c-$1.10), at percentage 
'terjris of 60-40 and guarantee of 15% 
■profit, to the theatre, 20th-Fdx has so 
far gleaned a terrific slice in rentals 
For the Roxy : engagement alone the 
rental back to 20th exceeded $300,000, 
highest the theatre has ever paid on 
any picture.:. ■':.- ■ 

An idea of what the $205,000 
for. the .41.. Greater N. Y. theatres 
rueah's may be gleaned from -the 
fact that the tops for big . pictures 
l:i these houses run around $190,000. 
Twentieth's: own. "Coney Island," 
very: heavy grosser throughout the 
country, grossed a reported $185,000. 



Distribs Stand 
Pat on Decree 

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Pointing but that f he distributors 

gave the Dept. of Justice every- 
thing they could in hopes of getting 
a new decree but are determined "to 
defend ourselves against any kind (*t 
Government attack," a high execu- 
tive of one of the companies makes 
it clear that from here on in it's a 
battle through '-..the court's. There 
is no intention to have any further 
talks with Robert L., Wright;, as-, 
sistant attorney general, over the 
decree, it is added. This would in- 
dicate that reports of any compro- 
mise are, at best, a remote possi- 
bility. v\- v ;■ ,:.:■■'-. \ 

In this connection* it is stressed 
that if the D. of J thinks it might get 
the distributors to grant new con- 
cessions, it is mistaken. Speaking 
of lengthy efforts on the part of the 
consenting companies to get a new 
decree, supplanting the old one 
which expired Nov. 20 last, it was J . 

pointed that "We went along iri good 1 Por I 11606 1 «f Rminfl 
faith and. we believe, very liberally 1 Al 1M IXOUIIU 

but didn't even get credit for try/. 
ing." In all distribution companies 
the sudden filing of the Government 
application for a new decree came 
as considerable of a shock in view 
of the concession the distribs were 
willing to make. 

Should the Government be suc- 
cessful in obtaining a new consent 
decree, based upon demands made in 
its application, distribs would be 
empowered to sell one picture or 
one group of pictures, with a deal 
to cover in each case, not con- 
ditioned upon another deaL- , 

While this would mean, contrary 
to doubts in the minds of many ex- 
hibitors, that a distributor could of- 
fer, say, a block of five at one time, 
the danger of buyer kickbacks and 
complaints subjecting a company to 
possible contempt of court, would 
impel the seller to take no chances 
by offering only, one picture at a 
time, it is predicted. 
There is no indication as yet when 



♦ - . Unionization of RKO managerial 
help in the Greater N. Y. theatres ot 
the circuit is expected, on inside, to 
spur efforts for the organization ot 
similar 1 help not only in the N. Y. : 
area but elsewhere throughout the 
country There is definite expecta- 
tion in this direction in operating! 
circles.: : ' '.'•,.".-■ .-'•"•."•■:''■.■ ---.'' '- 
Iii fact, at an RKO nTeeting called 



Hold High the Torch.; "Woman s I by N Peter Rathvoh, it was pre 



Taxitis on Coast 
Alarms Exhibs 



Los Angeles. Oct. 31. 
Growing tendency of California 
towns to inflict tax bites on all forms 
O'f amusement is causing alarm 
among major and independent film 
exhibitors. Newest bpxoffice threat 
is a 5c tax, the highest yet, devised 
by the lawmakers of Santa Barbara. 
San Bernardino has a three-cent tax 
proposal on the ballot, lor Nov. 7, 
and other municipalities are threat- 
ening similar bites. 

Exhibitors declare they are al- 
ready carrying heavier tax burdens 
than any other business and protest 
that' the proposed admission levies 
are discriminatory. 



In Stock Suit Against 
J. H. Cooper Outfis 

Paramount lost its first round in 
the suit brought sometime ago 
against J. H. Cooper, one of its part- 
ners, and three Colorado corpora- 
tions controlled by Cooper, when on 
Friday (27) Judge Simon H. Rifkind, 
in Federal Court, N. Y., removed the 
three western companies as defend- 
ants. Except for a possible appeal, 
only course now open to Par is to 
proceed against Cooper personally. 
Par has another suit against Cooper 
and corporations in the Nebraska 
Par-Cooper setup. 

The /three Colorado corporations 
in which Par sought access to various 
stock interests, claiming Cooper had 
violated a contract drawn in 1932, 
are Rialto; Inc.; Interstate Theatres 
Inc. -and J. H. Cooper Enterprises. 
Inc. Claiming that theatres of these 



corporations, acquired some years 
a hearing on the application of- the I ago, were put in Cooper's name, Par 



D. J. for a new decree will be held 
before Federal. Judge Henry W. 
Goddard in N. Y. 



LEVINS0N, MARTIN VICE 
HAZEN, BAREF0RD AT WB 

Howard Levinson, Warner attor- 
ney at the homeoffice in charge of 
distribution matters, and T. 'j. Mar- 
tin, general auditor of the company, 
have been elected by the board of 
directors of Warner Bros. Distribut- 
ing Corp.. WB subsidiary on sales 
formerly known as Vitagraph.Ine. 

They fill posts on the subs id's 
board left vacant by the recent re- 
signation of Joseph H. Hazen, former 
WB v.p., and Harold S. Bareford. at- 
torney who is on leave of absence 
with the U. S. Army on special as- 
signment In Washington.-. ■ V .' V. : -'■'. 



sought right to ownership of 50% of 
the "B" stock in Rialto and Cooper 
Enterprises, and 25% of the "A" stock 
in Interstate. Par also asked for an 
order restraining Cooper from as- 
signing the stock to anyone but Par. 

Decision handed down Friday (27) 
was based upon a recent report of 
Francis W. H. Adams, special master 
sitting in Federal court, who recom- 
mended dismissal of the Par action 
against the three Colorado companies 
under control of Cooper ort the 
ground they do not do business in 
N Y. state. Around a dozen theatres 
are involved. 



Dave Loew's Son to Wed 

Hollywood. Oct. 31. 
The David Loews have left for 
■Denver for the wedding of their son. 
Marcus 2d. to Ethel Snyder. .'-' ■'-'. ' '. 

Groom-to-be . is private at Army, 
airfield there.. . 



IT'S A DOG'S LIFE 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
-Services of Metro's canine star,. 
"Lassie." are so much in demand 
that work on "Son of Lassie" has 
been shut down to await the four- 
legyed thesp's return frorn Washing- 
ton; where he is on location with 
"Hold High : the Torch:" 

When he returns to Hollywood, 
Li^.Vie.- v.- ill bicycle between the two 
pictures. ' .'T; ■ • 



Rogers Building New 
Stock Co. of Players 

■ -Hollywood, Oct. 31. | 
Charles R. . Rogers is lining ;u.p ; , a i 
contract list of 10 players to appear; 
m his .future productions for United j 
Artists release. On the roster thus 
far are Lee Sullivan, Constance 
Moore, .Bill 'Christy ,: and. Morton,' 
Gould, ork leader and compo'cr. 

Meanwhile, the prodticci's N. Y. j 
rep., Budd Rogers., is looking. ..overs 
the Broadway talent field for pros- i 
pective contractces. •: | 

AGNEW'S SELZNICK CONFAB ' 

Neil Agnev.:. Vanguard Film.- v \t'. 
left New York, for the Cons', !.;•>:; 
Monday' (.30)., ' ■ \ . 

He will confer with Davi'i O. Se'./.- 
nick on d: trmution plans. 



Montgomery, Cagney 
To Advise Actors Guild 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
' Screen Actors Guild has set up a 
hew advisory committee, composed 
of all, its former presidents, to hud- 
dle with George Murphy, current 
prexy: on important problems, 

'Thus far, Robert Montgomery, re- 
, cently discharged : from,' the Navy, 
[and James Cagney, recently retired 
president, have accepted posts on the 
(o'lMfiiUee. 



No Lilt for Lord 



Hollywood. Ot, 31. 

Columbia assigned Del Lord to 
direct its sea-going tale, "Men of the 
ne.np.-' ,-:-•: . : : , , : 

It will be the first non-musical 
feature Lord has ever directed 

Scribe Sues for 10OG 

Los Angles, Oct. 31 

- William Rankin. - screen; writer, 
(Vied suit against his former wife, 
Eleanor Griffin, declaring she. sold 
•several of his s'.ories while' lie vyas in 
the Marine Curps. ' 
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dieted by a manager supporting the 
administration's efforts to lick 
unionization, that if this was suc- 
cessful is could be expected to 
spread throughout the nation. 

Other circuits in the Greater N. Y. 
zone are reported to be frankly Wor- 
ried over the prospects thai' their 
managers would follow the suit ot 
RKO, if not immedntcely then as . 
soon as the RKO union won a con- 
tract. That it will obtain one; after, 
certification by the State Labor Re- , 
latidns Board, is inevitable though 
problematical as to how long it will 
take to hurdle resistance to negotia- 
tions. In at least one. N. Y. circuit, : 
an independent of greiit strength, 
various efforts have been made to nip 
in the bud a union or guild of its 
managerial employees and one man- V 
ager who has been active in orKan- 
izihg his co-workers, is said to have 
lost his job for that reason. 

Not only are various managers of 
other circuits interested in organiza- 
tion and protection . through a: union 
contract but leaders among them 
have actually been in touch with 
RKO through la! tars . labor pains. 
There is a possibility that at some 
future date there might be a coali- 
tion of managerial unions not only 
for the immediate metropolitan' 
N. Y. region but over the Country.: 
This, of course, would depend to a 
great extent on affiliations. 

The RKO union, known as the 
Motion Picture Thealre Operating 
Managers & Assistants Guild, has 
made no affiliation as yet but is ex- , 
pected to apply for a direct charter- 
from the AFC. This is also the 
likely course of a managerial , union 
for all Chicago theatres, spearheaded 
by Eugene J. Atkinson, business 
manager of the Motion Picture Ma- 
chine Operators Union of Chicago, 
Local 110. since it appears dubious 
whether the IATSE. of which he's a . 
member, will grant a charter to 
cover managers. He has sought to 
obtain one. however. If is Atkin- 
son's aim to first organize the Chi- 
cago managers, majority of whom 
are said to be pledged to him for a 
union, and then seek to unionize 
managers elsewhere so that a na- 
tional organization of great strength 
could be set up. Atkinson has been 
(Continued on page 18) 

7i% WAGE TILT TO 
DET. STAGEHANDS 

Detroit.' Oct. 31. 
An increase of $6 per week per 
man to stagehands in the local iihn 
houses came as a surprise last week 
from the Regional War Labor Board. 
The increase, on a retroactive basis 
to last Jan. 1, means $250 back pay 
per man and, for the future, repre- 
sents an increase of 1Vi% in salaries 
for International Alliance; of Theat- 
rical Stage Employees lia-al. . 

In granting close' to the 10";, asked 
by the union, the Regional Board "aye 
an upset to the inside -dopesters who 
figured that no raise was due since 
the panel hearing the case turned, in 
a majority report— -from public and 
industry members-— denying the in- . 
crease. However, a detailed report 
by George Clancy, secretary- of the 
musicians' union on behalf of the 
labor members of the panel won the 
approval of the regional board. 
. The award was made effective in 
the United Detroit, Wisrier & Wets- 
man circuits, the Fox.' Paradise. Hoi- ... 
lywood, RKO Uptown — in fact. -prac- 
tically eyery pic house in, Detroit 
large enough to employ stagehands.- 
The local now is, seeking increases, 
before the Labor Board in other 
stagehand departments. For gaffers 
working in the industrial film stu- 
dios, based on the Jam Handy okay 
for WLB approval; an increase from 
$1.75 to $2 an hour is being sought 
-with two weeks' vacation pay for all 
men steadily employed, - 
; In the legitimate houses, the .union 
is seeking to raise, department .hcadt 
S2.-50 per week ' and all, extra me 1 , 
snlaries 25(v foe each, shov.' 



* PTfelJETY WediM-mlay, November I, 19 K 




with VICTOR FRANCEN • JOSEPH CALLEIA- CAROL THURSTON jeai 

JACK L. WARNER fxecutiv* Prodv«*f • *<>*«» Woy by Vladimir rW*r K ke© *o>>.n • Additional Gi«r»jut fey >»*k «t>»»W ■ from th« Novel by Fredric fre»4 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



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haps accented in.-these.riays-.as meal, 
•escapist film me. ifw.oukl.be s, ne-, 
fire in aiiy period.-; It. holds every-, 
fhmg tor the film Ian.. 

Ii. is wholesome in story, colorful 
both in tiiit k^roiiivd and it.* literal. 
Technicolor; and. as American as, the 
World"- Snifs Its tlieroe sS a; nat- 
ural io. ti t: hinterland: it's thai gel- 
ting ahead and go ng to, New York 
isn't eveiylhing. • 

As Leon. Ames plays, the head- of 
the Aloitzo 'Siiii.th elan it's a 19(Ki 
life-vvith-'fathei, Mary Astor . is the 
lindc isl. Hiding and, incidentally, 
quite handsome .mother as they 
worrv about Judy Garland and Lu- 
title Bremer., playing their daugh-. 
tors. .Henry. II: Daniels. Jr., is ..the 
Mlf-snft'icifnt brother, off to Prince- 
ton, but the Yonianlie travail of the 
two" older, girls -is the fundamental. 
Backgrounded are. Marjorie Main, 
capital as the maid who: almost 
bosses the household, and the stiU-. 
gallant Harry Davenport, hoW.80i.sh, 
vvho is Grandpa. 

..It's the time of the St. Louis. Fair, 
hence ihe.title song', and everything 
that makes for the happy, existence 
of a typical American family is skill- 
fully paiioramaed. v ■: 

■ From Sally Benson > New Yorker, 
stories ' land later a book I. 'Metro's 
sciiplcis I.v trig' Hveeher and Fred 
FinkU'hofte, have i ontriv ed a tiptop 
screenplay. 

Seasonal', pastorals, from summer 
into, the next spring; take the Smith 
elan through their appealing little 
problems.- Juriv Garland's plaint 
about -The -Boy Next Door" i played 
by Tom Drake >.; the Paul Jones 
dance routine to the time .of "Skip 
to My Lou"; the Yulelide, -thematic, 
"Have' Yourself a -Merry Christmas"; 
and the already popular. "Trolley 
Song.'' en route to the Fairgrounds, 
are four socko musical highlights. 
They have been intelligently high- 
lighted and well-paced by director 
Vincente, MihneHr. 

Then there is .winsome. Margaret 
O'Brien as the prevaricating. and im- 
pressionable 'Toofie" Smith, the 
youngest of the brood, . .. 

Miss Garland achieves true stature 
with her deeply understanding -per r 
formance. vvhilo her sisterly running- 
mate, Lucille Bremer, a looker and a 
redhead out of the N. Y. .littery cho- 
ruses, likewise' makes .excellent im- 
pact with a well-balanced porfbrivv- 
mice. . . ' 

■ .Right .down the line the casting is 
smooth. The . people all. seem veal, 
Joan Carroll, another moppet, slighl- 
'ly older than Margaret. Q Brien. is 
likevv ise a prankster. . ..JUhe, Lockhai t 
makes her role believable when she 
saves the evening at. the Christmas 
ball by propei'ly 'pairing oil the love- 
sick Couples., turning the impyession. 
that .she .was a N. Y. vamp. 'Domi- 
nant' is Ike. warm, family spirit, 
whether ii's'the ipild skullduggery: to 
make papa 'Smith ..rwell played by 
tcon Ames) (line, earlier, tltati iisua!., 
or the climactic situation when there 

•is enjislernntioii at the thought of 
brci'knig up. tlieir St Louishomet.es 
to li,i!ispkmt themselves to ..New. 
Ydvk. ..just because of the bigger . op- 
. portunily with papa s law firm • When 
.' it. suddenly, dawns oil ' him that St. 
Loins ,s \. here .li s heart also: lies, it s 
i» rousing finish, to a tiiorouinlv en- 
loyablk' uiifoldiiic of a film whose 
footage is rcploti with . natjia.l 
v, iU'm'th i-iid gootl iium.oi Abci 



hits, the well-staged ti.tttee l umbers 
and the good pat( ..plus eMboraU 
proiiuelional . backgi oiuuls ' and'.supe- 
rior color photogiapiw , g.) ,i etiit>..irf- 
erable distance in o.flseUing '.v«i 
hesses of other :elemelas'. in Hie pa- 
lure. *.••'': •-•.,.".'."• >. : -: 

. Screen adaptation «i ike nnn-icil 
pktv, do'ne b\ Robert. Ellis. lleKn 
Logan and -Frank - G.m, .olson in- 
t: I tides various amusing Miual.ioitv 
but. taken as a whole, the. Moiy rioes 
not have parfciular piinc.h in dialog 
or . oHierwise. Also, the: coiiuh y 
values are soniew hat .spotty:, ihougn, 
here and- there, including among, the 
slapstick stuff,., some ■ lamv goo.i 
laughs are registered Ph.il .Silvw s- 
woiks hard on the eoime end and, m 
one clb.wnin? niiinbei . provides s t v -. 
oral niiniites. o! .- U retire nature 

Though "Boys" on stage concerned 
a Teyas iancli inherited bv three dis- 
tant cousins, 20th-Fox - has changed 
tiie'locale to a broken-down planta- 
tion at Thomasville, .Ga As le.-ulti 
»ohie odd and- theatrical Dixie „ac-. 
cents which v-ill kilt em ui the 
South.. have been introduced. Least 
authentic-sounding among cast mem; 
be i s is the. .affected voice of Glenn 
Langa-n. who. plays an Army lieuten- 
ant-- Cara Williams ca . secret.n \ ) 
rating as the next: .worst Of ( ■'<>>< 
with Silvers,, Who's from . the, North 
but wants to act the Southern gentle* 
man it s a matter of travesty. . 

Carmen Miranda, Vivian Blame and 
Silvers are the three cousins who fall 
heir to the. old .plantation, only, to 
learn that they' are poorer . by ; haying 
acquired - the debt-ladei) property. 
They gel aii idea, with cooperation' of 
a nearby. Army- camp, to make it .a 
home for Army wives, and raise, 
mohev through pulting on . shows and ' 
otherwise to repair and maintain it. 
This opens the way for the various 
song and dance numbers.',: ; ::'' :' 

Perry' Como; sir.ger from the radio- 
nitery-theatre field, makes his debut 
in- the musical, He has two numbers, 
but figures m the action in only a 
very minor way. Making a. good 
appeal ance before., the .camera, he 
does :'.T Wish: We Didn.'t Have to Say 
Goodnight" and "In the: Middle of 
■ Nowhere," both of which are quite 
listeiiable and .well . sold, These, 
among others; were written by Jim- 
my McHugh and Harold Adamson to 
supplement the small amount .of Cole 
Porter music from the stageplay 
which was utilized. 

'•Wouldn't It Be Nice." , originally a 
double for Michael O Shea and Miss 
Blaine, reprised later ;oh, "..is ■ a prob- 
able hit. Another that stacks up very 



Miniature Reviews 

"Meet Me In St. Louis" iSongs; 
Color). iM-G). Socko: ail the 
wav, from cast : .k> story; a cinch 
fiu' big grosses. : " 

VSomethin^ For The Ho> «" 
. i Musical; Color.) »30i(U, Should 
prove satisfactory at fh* bd 

"Dark Wale is" lUA), Ooeion, 
Tone in a nieiodrama v tucji 
should do OK , • 

"fiver Since Venus" i. Songs I 
iCol). Eiitertauung limited 
budgeler gro-n-ed , for .anybody > 
dual bill, ...'"• 
. "Muvder in the Blue Boom'' 
' Song's ) .U i Lightwe.gnt w I'.o- 
ct ri ii it: duals . 

"Cos Miserables" • Aztu..t 
Mexiefin-made veision ol \ icto) 
Hugos story is tup-bracket fare; 
strong for foreign spots, . 

•The Rainbow'" (ArtkinoV; 
Stark filmi/.ation of Russian re- 
sistance to Na/.is, Too gr.nn for 
more than indifferent b.o. , 



from' Milchell.'s double-dealing ., tac- 
tics, is forthright, but never top 
weighty. . 

. Producer Benedict Bogeaus. hasn't 
stepped off the ■ deep, end 'in giving 
this one fancy. values that are mean- 
ingless. On .the 'Other hand. he . has 
gathered, togglher a -strong.: east, 
knowing full well that ■ they , would 
have lo do the job at haiid .capabl.v . 
in order to. give 'this film, meaning 
and box-office: .. .Slew 



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ivig to American standards, the Kim 
is. glaringly weak. •'-;•'-:,'■':' 

Natasha Uzhvey, people's artist of 
the Ukraine, gives a powerful per* 
loi'inanee as the courageous partisan, , 
[da ying '.'with - .restraint . and .simple, 
eloquence. Part, could have been 
ITamiDedi Elena Tinpkina; as the 
nijslress' maid, also does a capital 
l iob,..elosiiig the film with a stirring: 
plea against imniediato .slaughter, oi ' 
tin: Germans. Her theory is that 
they should be made to lace the fn- 
tu re to realize the cri ni es they've 
committed and to face, ultimately, & 
people's court. ■ "■;'•', ':' ":■ 

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are weak, there are several sock - 
scenes. Mainly they involve the fori 
son when latter -got too win- ' lui e mfficted on Olcna, who is foued 

"to. Vails barefoot ill the snow as she 
approaches labor, and, short ly alter, 
tin; birth itself, which tidies place in . 
a bleiik and barren barn. Another, 
.superb bit is done by one of Maliu- 
chikha's kids as he and his brothers 
anri sisters are. threatened by a Ger- 
mi! n soldier.. The terror which 
shines through the kid's eyes is so ; 
realistic it seems: to. be proof , that 
lie's been .through a si mi '.fei v 'experi- 
ence in; veal life, •.'•••.•>• ,'.:...•*'.'. 

Other performances, in the,' main, 
are good, especially in the lesser, un- 
billed roles portraying typical vil- 
lage peasants. Natalia Alisova, as 
the .mistress; G. Klering. as the com- 
mand'ant. and Nokolai Brafersky. iis 
the quisling, are all slock. Miss 
Alisova. is. a Stalin prize winner,; but' 
in this picture gives a heavy and 
completely unsubtle performance.. . 

Fj I m has some; exploitation a ng les, ; 
primarily its production under war 
fonditiotis:. Its prominent. Russian 
east and its stark realism. Full ad- 
vantage will have to be. taken of 
them to get the business in. A'! err. ... 



tinglv involved romantically with 
Bill MaeWilliams, son- of lj«r l#H 
father, by previous marriage, known 
oi 1 1 y to Andrew Tooni bes, t he l a n i i ly 
medico It's alter this the spook 
hunt, begins, with Betty Kean ami 
iiiterv pals furiushuig nio>l or the 
laii'giis and a couple of vocals to 
space proceedings. . . MaeWilliams 
elects to sleep in the murder room 
ilii'd, ofcoiuse. it polished off, There > 
a spook, supposedly: the .spirit of the 
dccea.scd, walking, about on occasion. 
Donald Cook, writer of mystery 
viii ns; also' etects to. sleep nv the 
murder room and tracks . down the 
lainilv '-"medico as perpetrator of the 
double homicide, lie had beeii black- 
mailing the elder .v ictiln and polished 
off-: the 

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Stow is thin ana iaughs.aiid siiua- 
lions too widely spaced to amount 
On sock comedy score. .Direction 
and cast do we'd by the thin story. 
Cameia work is up to par, £<(6<i. 

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featured bV .the attractive Mi^ 
Blaine as part of a production nunv 
ber. Two others, exceptionally well 
done by Miss '-Miranda', are ."Boom 
Brachee" .and "Samba Boogie,"- ad- 
ditional worthy contributions: by Mc- 
Hugh and Adamson, They; are also 
given production background.: The 
dances are effective; staged by Nick 
Castle 

O'Shea. playing an Army sergeant 
and giving a good account of himself 
is paired romantically with Miss 
Blaine, Miss Miranda, aside from 
her songs, .ably assists' Silvers and 
others in a comedy way; Others' in 
the cast; but not in .much of the foot- 
age, include Sheila- Ryan.' Roger 
Clark. Thurston Hall. Clarence Kolb 
Paul Hurst and Andrew Tom bos, "All 
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; This Mexican vorsipn of Victor ; 
Hugo's •■ Les Misera'.iles" is surpring- • 
ly strong,, possessing, more than the ! 
usual aiiiount of actioii and .dramatics 
for ,a .Spanish-language prpdnclion. . 
It stacks up as buff b.o. for, [or.eign- 
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is giveii English, titles before set uri ' ai coimts. Ad agency involved is 
general distribution. >niee it nO' has 1 Charles ,M. Storm Co.. with ; Ray 
no superimposed titles, 3 Nelson, outftfs radio, head, handling 

Long lamiiiar story of Jean Yal- hl , in e tele production 
.'lean's struggle to evade the relontU" ■ 



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as strong support :,on dual bills 
. Obviously the members of- the casf, 
from featured players to extra's -had 
a good time making- this him. and 
that clieermess percolates to the 
audience^ Ina Ray Huttbn, Ann Sav- 
age and Glencia Farrell-divide the 
feminine. Chores, and do a good job, 
but the- buffoonery of Hugh. Herbert, 
in the role of . an eccentric factory 
ownei, and Billy Gilbert, as a song- 
w;i'iting member of a. trio of "lipstick, 
manufacturers who have trouble get- 
ting started, is especially commend- 
able., The latter duo carry the film 
in topflight fashion, 'i- ' 
Yarn, has to do with the trials and 
tribulations faced by three men who 
concocted a new lipstick . iormula, 
but are' unable to merchandise the 
I article. How. they, gain production 
. facilities, with the aid of funds gar- 
. ilere.d by Billy Gilbert., who -wins' a 
': prize ! lor writing a song, proves to 
be fairly inieresting.'. . 

To Arthur Dreifuss, who directed 
and also wrote ihe oi'&inai~SCT6en* 
play, teamed with McElbert Moore; 
goes a bow for turning but a winner 
on lihiiterl funds. Songs, played by 
Iha Ray Huttoii and her band aiid 
shng by the Misses Savage, Farvell, 
el al., are above par. i'teii. 



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a ii d . T.hoiiias '.Mitchell for the: mai'-. ; '<'," 
. quee, •.■Dark: Waters." a' melodrama J", 
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Javert, French police; iiispecldi 
done with marked skill by a capable 
cast ' headed by Dqniihg'o -Soler ' as 
ValjeaiY. Direction of' Fernaiido ''Ri- 
vero. who emerges as one of Me.v.ii o's 
top directors as, a result of this, goes 
far towards : making the produelion 
jell. Story of this cpitflict between 
two men and the .-clash of rev dl.utiou- 
a-ries with the gendaimes. and Pal is 
soldiers is given adequate produc- 
tion-' and sufficient clarity ' by pro- 
ducer Jose Luis Galdei'on. in fact, 
his ' handling of. '.niass scenes, new 
I rick Shots and brighi: closelips marks 
an advance tor Mexico Him produc- 
tion. While thing represents a bun- 
dle of cash, •'., ... ' . 

Main complaint is inability of the 
studio staff to get away from the 
usual tedious opening. .sequences. But. 
this can be overlooked - in view of the 
spread of action, in subsequent: reels. 
Even the chase through the Paris 
sewers is done with Utmost fidelity as 
to detail. 

Domingo Soler is' brilliant as the. 
stalwart Jean Valjeah. the man. who 
attempted to live. down his past, de- 
spite a tendency, lo substitute deep 
sighing lor acting in earlier passages 
Manolia Saval. as his daughter. Co- 
sette, not only is one of the most at- 
tractive fe.mm6.s from the Mexico 
studios', but okay as a light actress 
Antonio Bravo makes- his 'Javert 
deep-dyed villain, but an eflee'ive 
one. . David Silva,, is.:. the .courageous 
Baron Marliis. who. . joins, the revelu- 
tionai'ies and nearly loses his life. 
Margarita Cortes, a's.'t'he other .girl, 
is strong in a lesser role:. Andrc- 
Soler is an undei world crook, and 
Emma Rolclan his wife, and partner 
in , cume. She s okay, but he ft'if s to 
make too much of a. lesser character. 
. The screenplay by Roberto Tasker. 
Fernando Riyero and Ramon Perez is 



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bi'sii! uuon (lie Bi'oaclvv.iv hit of (he 
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f/ outstanding musical cnterfain- 
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is'i cspon.sitalc for Whatever' e.iHert&irt-; 
meiit yaiue' this picture mi^ht have 
Obv ioiislv, the him scr out to-be-, a 
-tuciy in Chaiactei v.jSlni's: tlc.si'ncd 
(o make (i:e siory i-el: scconoarv to; 
the 'characters porii,,y5d. I has aiving 
it a. lift ovit of the ordmarv. But 
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•a as sidetiackecl, ana the him • intls 
up in the usual' (ienouemenl of the 
gal getting her man. ti.ji.d the disiartl 
getting his nisi deserts. 
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porti.iyals ol hcr carcei in the. role 
of a -young heiress beset by psycho-, 
logical neuroses due to Ihe losS of 
her parents when a ship, on ' whic h 
fhtvv were ieliiruing iroin Balavi<, to 
America is sunk: she : being , one ol 
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the. coiimver . intent on • xlrivin 
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Daily News and WNEW'. have .» 
standing news lietip, . but this has 
been extended by the tab m allow 
lis, returns to be fed additionally to 
WABD Trade regards . the-,ti'»ns«c- 
lions. as execeptional in view of the 
highlv competitive , dailyneleyision 
angle In order, (o speed operations,- 
a. large staff of runneis has been 
hired to lope, from the daily to 
WNEW. and WABD, tlvs a ignient- 
ing special phone imes./instailed be- 
tween - WNEW and the News, Ele- 
vatois in the three office, building* . 
involved are also being, set ..sside to. 
accommodate the. runnels only, 
' Television features Nelson is plan- 
ning for Election Niglit include' an- 
alysis by Cesar Search inger. WN EW 
sfaff analyst: a panel of » politicps 
represenling .the major parties, who'll 
■ be quizzed by Searchingei as vary- 
ing returns come in; recording* ol 
speeches made by past ;piesidfnts 
and vocalists . to warole campaign 
song's. Video transmission. .-will-Mart' 
at 8:lfi and run indefinitely. In ad- 
diuon WABD and WNEW wilUwap 
announcers and commentators, .two 
stations being near . each . ovhtr, 
WNEW at Madison and 52nd St. and 
WABD at Madison and 53rd St 

Nelson and the; Storm agency ar« 
handling the production because ol 
expeiimental interest (n election 
coverage by television for the f ulure. 



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Comedv treatment, of this who— 
dun t yarn,', pltis Mings •ithd- capable 
cast, with scy«)al names foi the 
marquee, won t lilt il beyond run-, 
of- mi M dualcrs, , 

Yarn has John Liicl (heat. e mag- 
nate niarricd to Neila . Walker,,, his 
cu.ti. sen pal s iv itlow , reopen tire 
.house in iv inch her loi iier . spouse 
v\«is mlirdcred. After acquiescing. 
there's 1 a reception, and. when a 
v» iiaCky di ivcr of gnosis 10 die pavty 
icts. out that the place' is . hatinled. 
he uilrigiies (hem to. iiivostigaie 
Anno Guynnc, daughter; of the de- 
<'e;:.sod. who had a previous fling as 
a iiiterv chirpcr, invites her, (ormer 
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Sinatra's 50% 

^ mmm lonl i it ii e d from |la|!c I SSB&I 

the same as the $7,500 he drew for 
his. first two weeks!, which, vrilh his 
salary; gave him a (otai.vof $12,000 
weekly for his run. He il spend ihe 
week between . now. and election 
stumping and making radio talks m 
behalf of : FDR. During the' Waldorf 
run., which is for three weeks. Vhe 
singer will play, "concert' dates, on 
his Sundays , off. No bookings have 
been set yet. 

, The Lost, and Found Dept. of ihe 
Paramount was taxed to capacity 
during his engagement A. record 
number of items lassorted to an es- 
pecial degreel-was- handled by it. 

Iii. addition to handbags, .hats, um- 
brellas and other things, L, «V F. got 
several pair of the bedi'.oom-.type of 
.shoe's worn by the bobby dockers 
vv ho,, apparently in their hurry 1o 
get to seats, stepped out of them 
and eoudn't wait lo pick the shoes 

lip. '"• ■..'.'''■;.:'" . "« ■:.;/ ':'"';'- 

On Saturday 1 21. K when President 
Roosevelt rode through Times 
lour, some of 



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has some poor lines lo.,-GraCe McDonald, to come out .,nd 
befoi'.e coming through ' entertain Willi a view of impressing: 



w -it'll a ..-: meiity, "performance.-.:' Fran- jter stepdad to. contract them lor his 
clidt Tone s portrayal of a payon .hcrtso, chiiin, . 
coundy doctor who talis for iAfct ' ,' Usii;:l rolnanlic angle, ooesn t conic 
Oberon and, in the end, '.s«v« *• her oft because. Miss . Gwynne is uuu it- 



^ Produced ' uiicior wartime. ' condi- 
lions in Russia. 'iTiie Rainbow',' is a 
gi i m' rilmizaVioir of. the brutality of 
tiio Nazis, and the., courage of the 
Russian peasants in resisting them, 
no, 'natter what. Its. mediocre; pro- 
duction, values, however. ■ couplen ' fc\ m are"on his N, V 
with its lack of. marquee dravv,: spell - •' 1 
;ndiffcrciit:boxofTice for the 0, S. 

Story, centers niaiiily about Oleiia. 
who. leaves j. partisan group to. re- 
turn, to her haiiv.e: village to. have 
her child," Seized by the Germans, 
upon her return, she is mercilessly 
tort urod, even on .the .eve of delivery' 



the Sinatra fans spied The Voice 
looking out of the vvmdow of a 13th 
'floor office in, the Paramount build- 
ing. They rushed for the ..building, 
. entrance lo the general .offices of 
Paramount and other companies, ami 



, when refused admittance into the 
ami ultimately shq .and the child m ; ( | Cvalo i. started making (heir .way 
killed. Lesser story 'angels involve, ,„, ,., „,„,,,,. ,.„,. e « nSl n' v 

a »|iiisling. mayor, and the traitoroii»-*» ' ;" ' , gn ,"„ , y 

Ri.ssian mistress ofthe Gevm^n Cm- i •<'<'" "« t ,le U'.li iand:.ig, «ou- 
immdant, In its trausitjo.ns, acioni-. -tytr. ■ - , 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



PAriety 




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LEO BE PRAISED! 




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10th BIG WEEK! 



The record-breaking ASTOR 

pe rfo r ma nee of M-G-M's KISMET 

has been repeated in every 

subsequent showing ... so now get 

ready to give your engagement the 

tops in showmanship for a long and 

happy run. Another ^it * rom *- eo ' 

Get Set For The 6tK Vfdr Loaiif 



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PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednmlay, November J, 191 4 



B'way OK; Marriage -'Blind Date And 
Vaude Big 74G, Island' Bright 24G, 
'Since'-OsborneWowSICYanks^OG 



The Broadway; scene, changed; dur- 
ing the past week to the extern tin.', 
five new shows, plus a reissue, were 
added to the lisl, remainder of first-, 
run- market ■ being on holdover. In 
spile of election. -fever getting' hot, 
business ranges from generally good 
to terrific. Of course, as vole oi.iv 
gets nearer, being, ,'only >i\ 'dat s 
away, a more noticeable effect .is ex- 
pected, with Tuesday. (7) likely ,10 be 
away oft, especially at night when 
people -will no doubt: hug radi-os to 
got the returns 

Among the newcomers of the past 
week was "Mai nagt ■• Is Pitvatc 
Affair"' "at the Capitol, where strong 
pull is also credited to the •'Blind 
Date" radio show -with ArUyic 
Francis* plus Johnnie Johnston. , Bob 
Strong band and Ella Mac Morse. 
Initial week should hit a big .$74,000, 
with second: starting lomorrow 
'<Thurs.'), At the Criterion "Rainbow 
. Island" is doing well at the- $24,000 
scored on initial seveii.days through 
last night : (Tues.), and holds.' Globe 
a week ago brought in. "Abroad With 
Two Yanks" which hit a good $20,000 
on first round ended last night 
(Tues.) and also is staying ..oven; An- 
other new one that holds is Rialto 's 
"Murder in Blue Room." based upon 
an expectancy of $10,000 for the. first 
■week. Second-run Stale is going to 
town in a big way with "Since You 
Went Away," plus Will Osborne or- 
chestra, indications being for a very 
strong $37,000 or thereabouts. Show 
remains oyer; .,'. 

Among holdovers, the Music Hall 
continues a terrific pace with "Mrs: 
Parkinglon," the current '3d) 
semester looking 4121.000, only $1,000 
behind last, week's .figure. .No less 
consistent was the third and final 
week, ended last night 'Tues.'. of 
Paramouritls "Hearts Were Young 
and Gay," plus Frank Sinatra and the 
. Raymond Paige orchest ra. Finished 
at $88,000; same as second, while the 
first made it a three-way photo finish 
At $89,000. Par's new show today 
(Wed.) consists of "I Love a Soldier. ". 
With Tony Pastor's, band. Bert 
Wheeler. Marion Huttoh and Hal 
LeRoy in person. Another 'opening 
today is "Master Race" at the Palace, 
which didn't do well with "Heavenly I 
Body" on- a 12-day play.. ... 

Estimates for This Week 
■Astor (Loew's) (1,140: 60-$1.20)-^ 
"Kismet" (M-G) (llih wk). Retains 
stout stride. 10th week through Sun- 
day night (29) having been' $21,200; 
previous week was $23 000. -,'.-*•' 
Capitol (Loew's) (4.820: 66-$l. 20)— 
"Marriage Is Private" iM-GV, and 
"Blind Date" radio show with Arlene 
Francis, plus Johnnie Johnston. Bob 
Strong orch and Ella Mae Morse. 
Combination o£ picture and stage- 
show pulling heavily for big $74,000, 
and holds. Last .week. - "Seventh 
Cross" (M-G) and Horace Hf idt orch 
(4th wk), $47,500. satisfactory.^ 
Criterion (Loew s) ( 1.700; 6()-$1.25) 
■ —'"Rainbow Island" (Par):. <2d \y k ) , I 
Not a spectacular bi/.-geite.r. but 
sturdy at $24,000. Last week... "Mrin- 
n.hans". . (U) (2d wk), $16,000, fair 
enough for final six days. 

Globe (Brandlt ■ (1,416: 8O-$l.Z0)— 
"Abroad With Two . Yanks" . (UA) 
<2d wk). Good $20,000 on first week 
ended last night (Tues.). In ahead. 
-"Sweet Lowdown" (20th), disap- 
pointing at $12.0.'!0. . '"' 

Gotham (Brandt) 1900; 60-.S1.20)— 
"'Summer Storm" (UA) (2d wk). 
Holding up strongly at $18,000 on 
Initial holdover session,, while open- 
. hiv week was . $20,000. Holds. 

Hollywood (WB) (1.499; 50-$1.20) 
-r'Have, Have Not" (WB> (4th wki. 
. Continues a gingerly pace, third 
week having wound up last night 
(Tues.) at a resounding S 15:000; 
second was $39,300. 

Palace (RKO) (1.700: 60-$i.l0) — 
"Master Race" ( RKO ) opens hero 
today- (Wed.) : ahead of. regular 
. schedule. . Five days 011 holdover of 
"heavenly Days" -iRKO). was- light 
$11,000; initial week. $17,600. '.. -,- 
'V Paramount (Par) .3.664: 60-$!. 20) 
— "Love a Soldier" (Pari .' and. . on 
si age. Tony Pastor orch. Bert 
Wheeler. Marion Huttoh, Hal LeRoy 
open today (Wed. 1. "Hearts Young 
snd Gay" (Par), Fijank Sinatra- and 
Raymond Paige orch , ".went "three 
weeks, concluding round through 
last. night (Tues!) having been a big 
$88,000. same as. second.', whi Ic first 
was $89,000 for remarkable consist- 
ency, of draw. . ■ - 

Radio City Music Hall (Rocke- 
fellers) (5,945:, 60-81. lb) — "Mi's. 
Parkington" (M-G) and' stageshow 
(3d wk). . Exceptionnllv steady, this 
week (3d) -looking $121,000, only a 
nose behind second's $122.000,. in 
both., cases nothing, short 1 of ter- 
rific. Starts fourth w'eck tomorrow 
iThurs.) 

Republic .1 Brandt ) 1 1.0(14: 50-S1.10) 
. "Waterloo Bridge" (M-G) (reis- 
sue),' Doing .'fairly here, at $9,000 or. 
better, and holds. Winclup five (lavs 
on third week of "My Pal, Wolf 
(RKO). lean $3,500, 
-. Rialto (Mayer); <5»4r 40-85.)—. 
"Murder in Blue Room ' i U) 



ed as such with emphasis on Ohio 
censorship board banning. Looks 
big $14,000 for eight days and holds. 
Last week, "Heavenly Days" (RKO), 
mild $6,000 in five days. 

Radio City (P-S.) (4.000: 44-60)— 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th), Sock 
$14,000. Last, week, "Arsenic Old 
Lace" 'WB) >2d wk), hot $11,000 in 
six days. . ■''-'•.: .--•■.■'. , .■- . . - 

Stale 1 P-S) '2.300; 44-60)— "Hearts 
Young and Gay" (Par). Winning 
strong $11,000, Last week, "Conspira- 
tors" 1 WB). $10,000 in eight days, 
nare about $10,000. good, and holds. Uptown (Par) (1,100; 40-50)— "Ca- 
Last week'. -'One Mysterious Night," sanova \ Brown" 1 RKO). First nabe 
(Col); inildish $7,500. -showing. Nice $3,200 indicated. Last 

Rivoii lUA-Par) (2.092: 76-$l, 50) week, ' "Love : a Soldier", (Par); all 
Frenchman's Creek" (Par) ( 7th right. $2,800. ': 
wk)." Finished sixth stanza last night- World ' Par-StofVes) ( 130: 44-80)— 
'Tues. 1 at tme SI 1.000 fifth was near "Conspirators ' (WB) (2d wk). Here 
to $48 000 ■ .from , State. Okay $2.500. . Last week, 

Row (20th) 1 5.886: 60-$l 20)— | "Elephant Boy " 4 UA ) (.1 cissue), niod- 
"Laui a" 1 20th K Hazel Scott, Jackie . e; ate $1,800, 

Miles find Jerry - Wayne '..' 4th-final •— — — — . 

wk'.i. Show here is -getting a lot of 
word-of-moutli: third ..sock - week.' 
ended last ' night (Tues,), held ..to 
niightv • $85,000. while second Was 
$02,000. . .. - 

Slate ' lLoew's) (3.450: .43-85)— 
"Since Went-: Away" iSeizmck-UA > 
■ 2d run)' • ar.d Will Osborne, orch. 
De.-iiite : 10. week run recently sit 
Capitol, picture, w ith aid of Osborne 
orch. is pulling in fancy fashion, 
w eek looking $37,000 or more. Holds 
over. Last week "WasseU" (Par) <2d 
rim). Harry Cool. Buck and Bubbles. 
Don .McCrane. orch. near to $30,000. 

good: ",. - ".. ' ■ 

Strand (WB). (2.756; 60-$1.20i — 
"Conspirators" ( WB). Les .Brown 
orch and Sue Ryan (2d wk"). Fin- 
ishing first week powerfully. at near 
to $54,000. this show. is . holding up 
stoutly at $43,000 or. better, and. re- 
mains further. -."'"'-."'■'■'•"•' -■ -.- ■ 

Victoria (Maurei ) (720; 76-$1.50V 
—".Wilson" 1 20th) (moveover). (6th 
wk). . Although picture played the 
N. Y. RKO houses last Monday- 
Tuesday-Wednesday (23-24-2j>). trs 
stilt, doing; very satisfactorily here, 
5th week through last night (Tues. ) 
having been $10,500. Fourth was 
$12,000. good for this little-scater. 



Chi Off But Tfllage Fat 19G; Faces,' 
Chester Neat 29G, fflonahans 18G 



'GENT BIG 15G, 
TOPS IN K. C. 



Kansas City, Oct. 31. 
Biz is sagging at the firstruns here 
this week. Best bet is "Barbary 
Coast Gent" at the Midland. 

Estimates for This Week 
Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 
1 Fox-Midwest.) (820, 2,043 and - 700: 
45-65)— "Bride by Mistake" (RKO >. 
Sweet $11,500. Last week, "Irish 
Eyes Smiling" (20th), bright $14,500. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,500: 40-60)— 
"Barbary Coast Gent" (M-G) and 
"Unwritten Code" (Col). Lusty $15.- 
000, Last w eek, ''Maisie to .Re.no" 
(M-G) and "Tars and Spars" revue 
on stage, great $24,000; ': . 

Newman (Paramount) (1.900; 45- 
65)— "Rainbow Island" (Par) '2d 
wk). Okay $9,000 after lively $12,500 
last week. "■ :'. "■'.- - 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,500; 46-65)— 
"Arsenic Old, Lace" (WB) (3d wk"). 
Nice $9,000. First two stanzas lauded 
hefty $28,000. "'-., :'•■,"' 

Tower (Fox-JofTee) (2.100: 39-60) 
— 'Minstrel Man", (PRC) and "Moon- 
light and Cactus" tU) with vaude. 
Mild $9,500. Last week,. "Atlantic 
City" 1 Rep) and "Prairie Chickens" 
(Rtp) with stage i'evue, nitty $11,000. 



Election Rallies Dent 
Cleve.; 'Soldier' N.S.H. 
14G,'Diego , -Vaude20G 

Cleveland, Oct. 31, 
Election uillius are blamed lor -of- 
fish l()!ie at a majority of spots. Even 
Palace, w ith combo of "San Diego, I 
Love You," Hal Mctnlyre's band and 
v„au(le, is mild, affei'- a .strong start, 
Standout is gi eat biz of "Since You 
Wont Away" on moveover at the 
Stilhriaiv 

Rstimales lot This Week 
Allen .RKO) '3.000; 44-65) — 
"Greenwich Village" '20th). Nicely 
sold lor good $10,000 Last week, 
"Arsenic Old: Lace." (WB), hearty 
$10,500 on m.o. 

Hipp ( Warners) (3.700; 44-65) — 
"Impatient Years" (Col (.. Cheerful 
$14,500. Last ! week, "Gypsy Wild- 
cat" 1 Uj, satisfactory $13,000: 
"Cake (Warners) (800; 44-65) — 
-"Arsenic Old Lace" 1 WB). Moveover 
pleasant $3,600, third downtown 
week; Last w eek. "Casanova Brown"' 
(RKO), fine $3,300 moveover.-' 

Ohio (Loew's) (1.200: .44-65) — 
"Atlantic City" iRepub). Started 
poorly, and, looks inodcst $4,500. Last 
week, "Conquering Hero" (Par), 
fair- $4,800 on m.o. 

ralacc! (RKO) (3.700: 55-95)— "San 
Diego, Love You" : <U) . plus Wally 
Brown, Alan Carney. Hal Mclntyre 
orch on stage. Started strongly -.but 
election rallies over weekend slowed 
it to fairish $20.000.. Last, week, "Mu- 
sic in Manhattan'' 1 RKO) with 
Charlie Spivak orch; above- average, 
$25.000. . 

State (Loew's) (3.450: 44-65)—. 
''Love a Solfliei" i.Pai 1 Not too hot 
at $14.000. . Last week-. "Since Went 
Away" (UA) (2d wkK wow $16,000. 

Stillman (Loow's) (2.700: 44-65)— 
"S:hce Went Away" (U ). From State 
for third stanza, great $14,000. Last 
week. "Great Moment", (par), dull 
S5.800. ;- '.. ,•: .--.:-' 



'Village' Okay $10,000, 
♦Maisie' 11G in Omaha 

Omaha. Oct. 31. 
"Greenwich Village" and. "Maisie 
Goes to Reno:' look to be town's 
standouts in a generally mild week. 
"Master Race ' is above average. 

Estimates for This Week - 
Pal amount iTristateS) (3,000: 16- 
60)— •Greenwich. Village' (20th). 
Oke $10,000. Last week. "Barbary 
Coast-Gent" i M-G ), light $8,500. 

Orpheum iTristates.) 1 3,000: 16-60) 
—"Maisie Goes Reno ' (M-G) and 
"Meantime Darling" (20 th.): Neat 
$11,000. Last week. "Gypsy Wildcat" 
(U) and "Pearl Death" (U), good 

$10,300." .':'-■". -." 

Bralideis (RKO): (1.500: 16-60)— 
"Master Race ■( RKO ) and "Three 
Little -Sisters" i Rep ). - Over -average 
$7,000. La>t week, "Conspirators" 
(WBl and "Since. Venus'' (Col), 
$5,800. ■.-'••■■■■■':.■".:.:■•"":.•":■'■■• 

Omaha iTiistafes) (2.000: 16-60)— 
"Barbary Coast. Gent',' (M-G ) (move- 
over) and "The Miimniy's Ghost" 
tU). Mild $9,000. Last week,. -'Wil- 
son" (20lh », Dig . $12,300 at 40-S1.10 
scale. '."'.-.■•.'.'.-'•-'-". ■.-,' '■■ ■'■' 

Slate (Goldberg) ' 1 865: ' 35-50 )— 
"Stagecoach" i.UA) de.'ssue) and 
"Leave It to lush" 'Mono). So-so 
$3,500: Last Week; "Voice in Wind" 
(UA); okay $3,000. . 



'Window' Lofty $14,000, 
Mpk; Irish Eyes' Ditto, 
'Wilson' Only Fair 11G 

' .. : ; Minneapolis, Oct, 31. 

-,- Stronger product line-up is perk- 
ing v'P sagging, grosses. "Wilson."', at 
advanced prices, .spotted in small- 
sea ter Century, however; not doing so 
good. Other new entries are "Irish 
Eyes Are Smiling." "Our Hearts 
Were Young and Gay", and "The 
Woman in the Window," all doing 
well. ■'-.. ..:■'■'..":, . 

. Estimates for This Week 
• Aster -i Par-Singer) (900; 25-35 M 
"Texas Masquerade" (UA) and "Call 
South Seas" (Rep). Okay $2,200 in 
five days indicated. Last week, "Soul 
of Monster" iGol) anci : "Dixie Jam- 
boree" (PRC) split with "Under- 
ground Guerrillas" (Col) and. "Girl 
Who Dared" 'Rep), neat $2,700 in 
seven, days. : '.'- .' 

Century 'P-S) d.600; 75-S1.10 1— 
"Wilson" ' 20th). House leased by 
20l.h-Fox lot; this run because of 
Paramount circuit's aversion • to 
boosting scale lor nny- pictiuc 
Opened, slowly and "looks to. only 
fair SIO.OOO. Last Week. "Great Mo- 
i-.Vc-Dl" ■ Par ). snd $4;0()0. '•.:.:■ . 
.-: Gopher (P-S) (1.000: 40)— "Hairy 
Ape'" i UAL Looks good $3,400. Last 
week-. "Big Noise" (20th ). nice $3,200. 

Lyric (P-S) 1 1.100: 44-60 )—'"Ar- 
sdiic -Old Lace*' (WB): . Here after- 
two weeks at Radio City. Lusty. $7.- 
000. Last week. "Kismet" (M-G), 
move»ivcr, light $3500.' 

Orpheum (P-S) (2.300: 44-60) — 
"Woman in Window'' (RKO), An- 
Should l.nonncetJ ss world preem and .exploit- 



'IRISH EYES' SOLID 
$16,000 IN SEATTLE 

■: ;:-■',- ' Seattle, Oct. 31. 

Biz lull this week is being hurt by 
the -number of holdovers. Standout 
is "Irish: Eyes Are Smiling." going 
to great session at, the 'Fifth'- Avenue. 
Next best is' "Merry Monahans," but 
it's not too hot. 

Estimates for This Week 

Blue Mouse i Hatnrick-Evergreen) 
1800: 45-80 )— "Dragon Seed" (M-G ) 
( 3d uk.).* Big, $6,000- Last week, 
"Conquering Hero" (Par)' i2d wk), 
.mild $3,900 in six days. ': 

Fifth Avenue ( H-E ) ( 2.349; 45-80 ) 
—"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th). Great 
$16,000 or close. ■ .Last week, "Dragon 
Seed" (M-G) (2d wk). hot $12,000. 

Liberty i.I-vH) 1 1.650; 45-80)— 
.•'Impatient Years" (Col) and "-U- 
Boat Prisoners". (Col ) (3d wk). Good 
$4,500. i iv four days iif'tcr swell .$8,800 
last week: - : - - - 

Music " Box (H-E) '850: 45-80)— 
"Love Soldier" . (Par) ' and "Hairy 
Ape" ( UA ) 1 4th wk ). : Okav $4,000 
m k .\ ciuys. L, >t week, good $5,100.. 

Music Hall • H-E) (2,200: 45-80)— 
"Swtel Lowdown" '20,h) . and 
"Meani'inc. Darling" (20lh). Modest 
$6,500. Last wefek "Bcrriadelte" 
(20th l .85-S1.15) (3d wk), mild $7,- 
400. ':: - .'.'.;-. ;■ :■'-.-'■"•;:;■■:'•'■'■.•" 

Orpheum (HtE) (2.600: 45-80)— 
"Merry Monahans" (U ) ■ and "Pearl 
-Death ' . 'U >. . So-so $12.500- or over. 
Last .week, "Gypsy Wildcat" f U ) and 
"Crime: by Night" ' W-B ). fair $12,600. 

Paloniar (Sterling) (1350;. 30-$l )— 
' Made Criminal ' ' WB) , (reissue), 
Bins vriudc. Good $9,000. Last week, 
"What -a Night '. 'Mono) and Benny 
Ri.ibfH he'i!(i)irg- .vUigc. show, swell 
$1(1.000. ■ ■ - 

Pai-amount 1 1 T-E ) 1 3,039: 45-80 )— 
"Bn..ba>-\ Coa-t - Gent" (M-G) and 
"M.i:- e Go( s Rciio". ' M-G ) '2d wk). 
Fa :•• SBO'll) in six day s. Last w;eek, 
^•e.i-' S! 6.000.- 

' Roosevelt (Sterling) .'.800: 45-80)— 
"Arsenic OKI Li.cfi" " cWB )'■'.( 5th wk). 
Oke $5 500. Last week; big S7.100.: 

Winter Garden (Sterling j. ' 800: 25- 
50)— "Ba'Vng Beauty" iM-G) and 
"Mark Twal.n."- (.WB) '3d run). 
Robust $5,200. Lost, week, "Two 
Girls Siiilnr" ' M-G ) a::d "Once 
Upon Time" fCul) (3d run), okc 
$4,100, 



'HEART STOUT 
14G IN WASH. 



Washington, Oct. 31, 

"None-But the Lonely Heart" looks 
standout- film this week' at Keith's. 
Top coin goes to "'Barbary /-Coast. 
Gent" with Blackstone, ,'vhe m'agipo, 
at Capitol - • - 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loe.w) '3.434; .44-72)— 
"Baibary Coast Ge.iit" 'M-G) with 
Blackstone. . the magician. . Fancy 
$24,000. - Last - \leck. "Waterloo: 
Bridge ' (M-G ) i reissue. i.with vaude,- 
$23,000. : :'.';"-. .--:- . ."'-" 

Columbia (Locw) (1.234: 44-72 >— 
"Greenwich Village" (20th>. ' Light 
$6,000. . Last - Week, "Since Went 
A way" : ( UA), fifth week downtown, 
fine $8,000. 

Earle ( W'B ) '2.240; 30-90)— "Con- 
spirators" with vaucie (WB) (2d wk). 
Grand $18,000 after last week's $24,- 
000. 

Keith's (RKO) : (1.800: 34-66)— 
"None But Lonely Heart" (RKO). 
Stout $14,000. Last week, "Merry 
Monahans"' (U), nice $10,500, 

Meti'opoliian (WB) (1.800; 30-55) 
—"Arsenic Old Lace" (WB), Aver- 
age $8,000 or over. ..Last. week. "Im- 
patienf Years" (Gol). lair $6,000. 
' Palace 'Loew) - '2.778: 44-72)— 
"Love a Soldier" 'Par i. Slugged by 
crix, mild $1.6.000. Last :. week, 
"Ahiei'icah Romance-"' (M-G), slug- 
gish $15,000. - 



. Chicago. Oct. 31. 

Pre-election bally, with Dewey 
and Roosevelt both on the agenda 
here, held responsible for biz nose, 
dives, currently, All : holdovers 
olf from $2,000 to $8,000. Of the 
newcomers, "Greenwich Village," at 
Roosevelt, and combo of "Faces in 
Fog" and Bob Chester's . band, at 
Oriental, look tops. "Since You 
Went Away" is still sock on second 
session at the Slate-Lake. 

Estimates for This Week 

Apollo ( B&K) > 1.200; 80-$1.10)— 
"Wilson" (20th ) (2d . wk ). : - Good 
$22,000. Last week, line $25,000, 

Chicago (B&K) '3,900; . 55-95 )— 
"Impatient Years'' iCnl ).. and Paul 
Draper heading stage show i2d:wj<t. 
St urdy 1 $39,000. Last week, dandy - 
$47..00O; : .:';';.; 

Downtown iBarger) (1,(100, 44-95) 
—"Hairy .Ape" 'U\> (2ri n.m) wth 
Bonnie Baker and Milt Brit'.On.orch 
on stage. Tidy $16.00(1. -Last week, i 
"Swing Iloste-s" 1 PRC ) .,nd Carl : 
Rava/<za orch and' Mijlls • Bros, on 
stage, boft $22,000. - ' ■ .' 

Garrick ' B&K ) T900: -'. 55-95)^- - 
"Great Momeht'''.(Par) aiid "Take It 
Big" (Par). Excellent $10,000. Last- 
week, ""Summer Storm'' 1DA1: 5 
days, and •Moment" (Par) and 
"Take Big". (Par), '2.' days, steady 
$10,000. 

Grand iRKO) '1.150: 55-951- 
'Werewolf" (Col) and "Soul Mon- 
ster" (Gol) (2d wk). Modest $6,500. 
Last Week, average $8,500. 

Oriental (Irofjuois) (3.200; 44-95)— 
"Faces in Fog" (Rep) with Bob 
Chester orch on stage. Neat $29,000. 
Last week, "Since Venus" 'Col ) and 
"Blind Date" unit on : stage, weak - 

$21,000. -:■■-.'■ - 

Palace (RKO) (2.500; 55-95)— 
"Merry Monahans" iU) and "San 
Diego Love" 1 U). Average $18,000. 
Last week, "'Gypsy Wildcat" (U.) and 
"Babes Swing Street" lU). 6 (lays, 
and "MOnahans <U) and "San 
Diego" (U), 1 day. fair $19,000. 

Roosevelt (B&K 1 i 1 .500; 55-95 )— 
"Greenwich Village"' (20th): Blight 
$19,000. Last week. "Janie"* (WB), 
5 days, and "Greenwich Village"*: 
(20th), 2 days, pert $15,000. : 

State-Lake (B&K) (2.700: 55-951— 
"Since Went- Away" ( UA ) '2d wk). 
Big $42,000. .Last \yeek-. sock $45;000. 

United Artists (B&K) 1 1,700; 55- 
95)— "Mariiago Is Private" (M-G) 
(3d wk). Okay $18,000. Last week, 
staunch $20,000. ■' '. -•.■:': 

Woods (Essaness) (1.200; 55-95)— 
"Casanova Brown" (RKO) (5th w k). 
So-so $15,000. Last week, snug $17,- 
000.. 



L'ville Low But Irish' 
Brisk 14G; 'Barn Dance' 
N.G.4G, 'Ghost' Fair 11G 

. Louisville. Oct. 31. 

Quite a: letup: this week in down- 
town houses. Hard to put a finger on 
the reason. One bright spot is the 
Rialto with "Irish Eyes Are Smiling." 
It's sett i n « th e ; pa ce . ' 
* : Estimates for This Week 

Browii ' 'Fourth A venue -Loew's. ") 
1 1.400; 40-60) — "Rainbow Islarid" 
1 Par): and "THat's .My Baby" (Rep). 
Neat $4,000 and -moveover. Last 
week. "Bride by Mistake"." (RKO) 
and ' "Three Little . Sisters" - ( Rep), 
$3,800. 

Kentucky iSwitow) ■: 1.200: 30-40) 
—"Cobra Woman" ( U) and ."Double 
Indemnify" (Par ) split with ' Sfccfl- 
irigtbn" (WB) and "Song Open. Road" 
(UA), First-rale $1,700.- Last week, 
"Going My Way" (Par): $1,800. 

Loew's State I Loew's ) V 3,300; 40- 
6(1 )— "Cantorvillc Ghost" (M-G ) and 
"3 Men in White." 1 M-G ), . Fair $.11.- 
000. Last week. .'Secret ■•Command" 
(CoD.ancI "K C. Kitty" (Col), $9.O()0. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1,000: 
40-60')— "Conspnaiois"" ( WB) . (2d 
wk). Medium. $3 500 -after in tiiil 
staii'/.a's solid $6,000, ■ 

National .'. rStalifliivtn '2.400: 50-75) 
—"Are. These Pa cents '. (Mono.) plus 
Old Timer's Frolic w'ith. Mountain 
Music Jamboree oil stage.. Medium 
$10,000. Last week, "San Fernando 
Valley ' (Rep) and vaude headed by 
Pete! Lorre. nice $11,000. 
• Rialto iFofirtli: Aven'ue) (3.400:40- 
601— "Irish Eves Smiling" 1 20th ) and 
"Meantime. Darling" )2aih). Fine 
$14,000. "La.-t week. ."Rainbow. Is- 
land" 'Par) and ".That's My Baby" 
' Rep), fair SI 1.000.. . 
..' Strand (Fourth Avenue I (1.400: 40- 
(10 )— "Niitioni:! B:irii Dance" 1 Par) 
and "My Buddy" (Rep). Hoosier Hot 



Philly Dull But 

T9I Meet' 286 



. . Philadelphia. Oct. 31. 
.Biz. is suflrung. from pre-election 
lull here, with Friday night-grosses 
down while crowds went to Shibe 
Park to listen to Roosevelt a.ddres.v 
Best to buck ire::cf is "T.ll We Meet 
Again,'' in lor. fine week. at Fox. 
Estimates for This Week 

Aldine (WB) (1,303: 40-85 )— 
"Abroad Two Ya,nks" 1 UA ). Good 
$15,500 plus okay $3,000 at Sunday 
Earle showing. Last week, "Great 
Moment" 1 Pa r ). sad $7,500. 

Arcadia ! Sablosky ) • < 600; 40-85)— 
"Seventh Cross" (M-G) (2d run). 
Satisfactory $5,800. Last week. 
"Arsenic Old Lace" 'WB), neat 
$7,000 second run. 

Boyd CWB) 12.500: 40-85)— "Very 
Thought of You" (WB) (3d wk). 
Okay $16,900. Second sesh, good $18,- 

500. .. '■' - .- ■'■:;.■:■' :/ ; 

Earle (WB) (2.760: 50-95 )— "Music 
Manhattan" 1 RKO )wjth Sonny Dun- 
ham orch. Okay $19,500. Last week; 
"Heavenly . Days'' (RKO) w i<h 
Freddie Slack orch; n.s.h. $15,500. 
' Fox < WB ) ( 2,245; '40-85 I— "Till, . 
Meet Again" 'Par). Pine. $28.00.0. 
Last week. "Rainbow island" (Par), 
mediocre $12,500 foi'i second week.' ■ 
:. Karlton (Goldman I 1 1.000; 40-851 
—"Kismet" (M-G ) (2d . run ). . Okay. 
$7,000. Last week, "Conquering 
Hero" (Par) sour $4,300 second run. 
. ■ Keith's (Golciman ) 1 2.200: 40-85 )— 
"Bride by Mistake." \ Fair $6,000. 
Last. week,:."Mr. -Winkle" (Col l; thin 
$4,500. 

Maslbaiim 'WBV (4.692: 40-85.)--- 
"Since Went Away": ' UA > t4th 1 \vk ). 
Still . carrying the mail at $23,200, 
Last week, bright $26,800. , y :.yy: 

Stanley (WB) '2.950: '40-85)— 
"Irish Eves" 1 20th) '2d wk).' Slough- 
ing off to . mild $16.0(10 alter husky 
$25,500 plus S4.000 !'.t -Earle. Sunday. 

Stanton .(WB) (1.475:. 40-85)— (Are 
These Parents". 'Mono), .pallid - 
$6,500. Last week, 'Youth Runs 
Wild'". (RKO), $8.l)p0. 



Shots and other hillbilly aits wete. 
expected to pull 'em in. but resuHs 
under hopes. Fairish. $4.(100. Last 
week." ".Marine Raiders" (RKO) and 
"Falcon in Mexico" (RKO),. ntal 
$6,000. 



"ndidat* of Show //„ v ,„„ 



If you are in the motion picture industry, the radio industry, the music 
world, the legitimate theatre or the publishing field, give your vote to the 
man who has the vote of everybody in show husi liess... Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Everybody in show business is voting for Roosevelt! Because he's the 
man who brought America out of the dark of the depression, filled again 
the theatres and concert halls, gave a new upswing to creative and artistic 
forces. Because he's the man who has successfully feci us on the road 
toward victory. Because he's the mart whose world peace planning is rooted 
in experience, competence and statesmanship. 

Join show business and the whole nation in giving him an overwhelm- 
ing vote of confidence! Join us: — independent voters, Democrats and 
Republicans— in re-electing President Roosevelt on Noveniber 7th! 

Independent Voters* €oiiiiiiittee of the Arts and Sciences for Roosevelt 

Hotel Astor, New York City 



Louis Adamic 
Franklin P. Adam 
Larry Adler 
Stella Adler 
Conrad Aiken .' 
Constantin Alaialuv 
Joan Alexander 
Marian Anderson . 
Annabella 
John J. Anthony 
Alexander Archipenko 
Xrthur Arent 
Argentinita 
Robert Armstrong 
Tallulah Bankhead 
ftin* Baronova 

garry Barris 
iana Barrymore 
Ethel Barrymor.e 
Dr. Edward K. Barsky 
Francis Joseph Bassett 
Howard Bay 
Carl Becker 
Howard Becker 
Maurice Becker ' 
William Beebe 
Janet Beecher 
8. N. Behrman 
Albert Bein •'. 
Jacob Ben-Ami 
William Rose Bene! 
Constance Bennett . 
Thomas Hart Benton 
Konfad Bercovici. ■ 
Oertrude Berg 
Leonard Bernstein 
Alvah Bessie 
Harry Best 
Valerie Bettis 
Prof Ray Billington 
Algernon D. Black 



Kenneth Burke 
Stephenson Burke . 
David Burliuk 
Joseph Burstyn 
Irving Caesar 
Louis Calhern. 
Donald Cameron 
Henry Seidel Canby 
Eddie Cantor 
Harry Carey 
Bennet Cerf 
Louis H. Chalif 
Stewart Chaney 
Sheldon Cheney 
Edward Choate 
Edward Chodorov 
Mady Christians 
Mrs. Stuart Cloete 
Dr. Florence Clothier 
Harold Clurman 
Willson H. Coates 
. Mrs. Ethel Colby 
Jack Cola 
Constance Collier 
Marc Connelly 
Alton Cook 
Alice de V. Cooke 
Aaron Copland 
Norman Corwin 
George Coulouris 
Russell Cowles 
. Thomas Craven 
CJheryl Crawford 
John Cromwell 
Ephraim Cross 
Russel Crouse 
Carl Crow 
George Cukor 
John Steuart Curry ; 
Ivy Dale . : 
Doris Dalton 



Jane Dudley 
Vernon Duke 
■Katherine Dunham 
Dr. Will Durant . 
Mrs: Arnaud d'Usseau '. : 
Julien Duvivier : 
Irwin Edinan 
Prof. Albert Einstein , 
Florence Eldredge 
Leonard Elliott: . 
Dave Ejman- 
Hon. Henry Epstein. 
Mark Ethridge ; 
Philip Evergood 
Clifton Fadiman 
Prof. Henry P.Fairchild 
Howard Fast 
Peggy Fears 
William Feinberg . 
Edna Ferber . 
Jose Ferrer 
Ben Field 
Dorothy Fields 
Joseph Fields 
Shep Fields 
Fred Finkelhoffe 
Louise Fitch 

James Montgomery Flagg 
Robert Flaherty 1 ., - 



John Golden 

Dan Golenpaul 

Ruth Gordon 

Michael Gordon 

Jay Gorney 

Harry Gottlieb 

Sandra Gould 

Dr. Abraham Gralnick 

Abel Green 

Horace Grenell 

Stanton GriPHs 

William Gropper . 

Chaim Gross 

Uta Hagen 

Oscar Hammerstein 

E. Y. Harburg 

Mrs. J. Borden Harriman 

Radie Harris 

Moss Hart 

Don Hartman 

June Havoc 

Frances HeHin 

George Heller 

Lillian Hellman 

Burnet Hershey 

Al Hirschfeld 

Harriet Hoctor 

SydHoff 

Samuel Hoffenstein 
Al Hoffman 



Gene Kelly 
Pert Kelton 
Rockwell Kent 
Dorothy Kenyoh . 
Jan Kiepura 
Mrs. Dennis King 
Dr. Frank Kingdon 
Alexander Kipnis 
RollinKirby 
Howard Klarman 
Adelaide Klein 
Arthur Kober ' 
Serge Koussevitzky 
Y. H. Krikoriah 
Louis Kronenberger 
Joseph Wood Krutch 
Peg LaCentra 
Rosemary Lane ■ 
Fritz Lang 
Oliver Larkin 
Edward Lasker. 
Jesse L. Lasky 
Paula Lawrence ^ 
John Howard Lawson 
Canada Lee V 
Liia Lee ' 

Emil Lengyel ' . . ■ 
Eugenie Leontovich 
Ray Lev 
Sir^clair Lewis 
Dr. J. V. Lichtenstein 



Ever 



for 



Sanford Meaner 
Yehudi Menuhin . 
Lewis Milestone 
Miss PerryMillif , 
Elena Miramovti 
Grace Moore 
William Morris 
Boris Morros 
Zero Mostel 
Jean Muir 
Paul Muni 
Ona Munson 
Lyn Murray " 
Clarence Muse 
Nemenof and Luboshuti 
Louis Nizer 
Isamu Noguchi 
H. H. Nordlinger 
Eddie Nugent 
Arch Oboler 
Joe O'Brien 
Erin 0'Brien-M»)r» 
Clifford Odets 
Sono Osato 
Michael O'She^ 
Dorothy Parker 
Ted Patrick 
Waldo Pierce 
Minerva Pious 
Tom Powers 
Otto L. Preminger 
Robert R. Presnel! 
Charles Previn 
Garrett Price 
Pearl E. Primus 
Luise Reiner 
Claude Rains 
William M. Ramsey 
Carl Randau , 
Samson Raphaelson 
Victor Ratner 



Martha Scott : - 
Vivienne Segal 
Mr. & Mrs. Oscar SerHa 
Mr. 8s Mrs. Doug. Shear)*? 
Vincent Sherman 
Herman Shumlin 
Dr. Henry E. Sigerist 
Henry Simon 
Alexander Smallena 
Howard Smith 
Lillian Smith • 
Moses Soyer '. .''<#, . 
Raphael Soyer 
Bella Spewack 
Samuel Spewack 
Dr. Sigmund Spaeth 
Kenneth Spencer 
Johannes Steel 
Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefanssott 
J. David Stern 
Donald Ogden Stewart 
Paul Stewart 
William Grant Still ' 
Rex Stout 
Paul Strand 
Michael Strange 
Gloria Stuart 
Mr. 8c Mrs. W. M. Sweet* 
Karl Swenson 
Betty Gram Swing 
Genevieve Tagga'd 
Helen Tamiris 
JamesThurber ■■•/•■ 
Lawrence Tibbett :' 
Michael Todd 
Arthur Tracy ■ 
John Scott Trotter, Jr. 
Ernest Triiex 
John Coburn Turner 
W. Russell Tylor • 
Louis Untermeyer 



Sidney Blackrrier 


Helmut Dantine 








Walter Rautenstrauch 


Mark Van Doren 


Anita S. Block 


Jane Darwell 


Dick Flanagan . 






Alan Reed 


Victor Varconi 


Hon. S. John Block 


Marcia Davenport 


Mrs. Hallie Flannagar 


Josef Hofmanu 




Anton Refregier 


Benay Venuta ! ' -. 


Kermit Bloomgarden ' 


Jo Davidson 


Martin Flavin 


I.ibby Holman 


Howard Lindsay , ' 


Fritz Reiner : .' - 


Wilelia Waldorf 


Peter Blume 


Hon. Joseph E. Davies 


Dr. Abraham Flexner 


; ■ Constance Hope ''•»>.••■•' 


' ' , Mai garet Linley 


Philip Reisman 


Walter Wanger 


tor. Ernst Boas 


Bette Davis 


Mrs. Bess Flynn 


' Alice Hughes ■> '.' 


Alainc Locke' 


Quentin Reynold* 


Dr. Harry F. Ward 


Irene Bordoni 


Adolf Dehn 


Waldo Frank 


Langstbn Hughes 


Katherine Locke 


Ritz Bros. 


Fredi Washington 


Pen A. Boyar 


Agnes De Mill* 


Charles Friedman' 


Doris Humphrey, . 


Philip Loeb 


Kenneth Roberts , 


Max Weber 


Charles Boyer '•. 


Prof. John Dewey. 


Joseph Fuchs 


Peter Hurd 


. Eugene Loewenthal. 


Paul Robeson 


Charles Weidman 


Mrs. Francie B. Bradley 


Howard DieU /; 


Julian Funt 


Fannie Hurst • 


Vincent Lopez " 


Beardman Robinson . 


Orson Welles . 


Lyman P. Bradley 


Dean Dixon 


Martin Gabe! 


Rex Ingram 


■ Claire Luce", 


; Richard Rodgers 


Franz Werfel 


Robert A'. Brady 


Martha Dodd 


Wanda Gag --..Vi \ 


Burl Ives 


Helen Lynd 


Jonas Rosenfield, jr. 


Leigh Whipper • 


Alexander Brailousky 


Dan W. Dodson 


Barney Gallant. • 


:•■ Sam Jaffe , 


WilliamMcFee 


George Ross ■ 


Teddy Wilson 


MsllenBrand 


Owen Dodson 


William S. Gailn- 


Leon E. Janney 


Francis E. McMahon 


Norman Rosten 


Archer Winsten 


Harry Brandt. 


Hannah Dorner 


John Garfield • 


» George Jessel : ;■ 


John T. McManus 


..;( Selena Royle . ; ; 


James Waterman Wl*e 


Dorothy Brewster 


Eddie Dowlins ; ; 


John Gassncr 


Crockett Johnwn 


Kenneth MacGowan- . 


Artur Rubensteiii 


Martin Wolfson 


J. Edw. Bromberg ',-'/ 


Olin Downes 


Will Geer /.i 


■ Owen Johnson 


Percy MacKaye , 


Bob Russell 


Monty Wooltey .. . 


Alexander Brook 


J. E. Doyle 


Hugo Gellert " ' . 


'\ Jeanne Juvelier 


Albert Maltz 


Carl Sandburg . 


Alex Yokel 


Van Wyck Brooks ' 


Alfred Drake 


IraGershwin 


Oscar Karlwen 


Dr Thomas Mann 


Dorothy Sarnoff . 


Roland Young 


Sidney Buchman 


Muriel Draper 


WolcottGibbs 


George S. Kaufman 


• F red ric March 


Joseph M. Schehck 


Stark Young 


Henrietta Buckmaster 


Guy Pene duBois 


Rosamond Gilder 


Virginia Kaye - 


Mar^o 


M. Lincoln Schustir 


Dr. G. Zilboorg , 


Ernest W. Burgess 


Willard Du BoiSi Jr. 


, Margalo Gillmore 


Alice V. K«liher 


Leonide Massine : 


Arthur Schwartz 


Leane Zugsmith 


Pro^ Edwin Berry Burgum 


Mr. St Mrs. Allen DucOvny 


Paillette Goddarr! 


Helen Keller 


Arthur Mayer 


Hazel Scott 


and many other* 



14 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944" 



LA. Still Mild But 'Since' Strong 
50G in 3 Spots, 3d Wk.; €3iost' Thin 
'i^ in 4, Island" Modest 33Gm 2 



Los Angeles, Oct. 31. .4 
Business continues on the mild 
aide here, and exhibs fear a further 
clip tomorrow (Wed.) when the Hol- 
lywood Park track opens. Both new 
bills are only just fair. Combo of 
"Canterville Ghost" and ''Big Noise 
In four spots is coming through with 
limpid $47,500. "Rairibow Island' 
and "Dark Mountain'' is better, but 
only modest $33,000 in two spots, 

■"Since You Went Away" remains 
strong $50,000 in third week. at three 
theatres. "None But the Lonely 
Heart" is okay $33,500 in two spots 
second week. : Second frame of 
•'Conspirators" in throe houses looks 
average $32,500, ' 

Estimates for This Week 

Carthav Circle (FWC) ( 1,516; 50- 
1.00)— "Canterville Ghost'' ,'M-G) 
and Big Noise" (20th">. Light $6,-, 
000. Last week, "Irish Eyes" (20th) 
and "Dangerous Journey <20th), 
ditto. !•'.:.'•■ ■. 

Chinese iGrauman-WC) (2.034: 
80-1.00)'— "Canterville Ghost" (M-G) 
and "Big Noise" (20lh). Average 
$11,000. Last Week, "Irish Eyes" 
(20th ) and 'IDangerotis Journey" 
(20th). okay $11,200. 

Downtown iWB) (1.800: 50-1.00)— 
"Conspirators" iWB) <2d wk.). Okay 
$14,000. Last week, below expecta- 
tions at $17,800. 

Egyptian (FWC) ' > 1.535; 50-1.00)— 
"Since You Went Away" ( U A ) ( 3d 
•wk.) Neat $11,500. Last week, 
good $14,100. 

Four Star (UA-WC) ( 900; 85-1,10) 
—"Wilson" (20th) (4th wk,). Still in 
money at $6,200. Last week, neat 
S7.200. 

Hawaii (G&S) (1,100: 50-1.00)— 
"Music Manhattan" (RKO) and 
"Mile. Fifi" (RKO ) (2d wk.). Way 
elf at $3,500. Last week fair S5.200. 

Hollywood (WB) (2,756; 50-1.00)— 
"Conspirators" (WB) (2d wk.). Oke 
$10,000. Last week, excellent. $14,800. 

Los Angeles (D'town-WC) (2,200; 
80-$D— "Since" (UA) (3d wk). Ex- 
cellent $28,000. Last week, nef ty 
$32,850. 

Orpheum (D'town) (2.200; 55-98)— 
"Girl Who Dared" (Rep) with 
Erskine Hawkins orch and Art 
Tatum on stage. Good $24,000. Last 
week, "That's My Baby" (Rep) with 
"Earl Carroll's Vanities" on stage, 
$24,300. '•",, ' ■ 

Pantages (Pan) (2.812; 50-$l)— 
"Lonely Heart" (RKO) and "Girl 
Rush" (RKO) (2d wk). Modest $16,- 
000. Last week, not up to hopes, 
$22,700. : 

Paramount (F&M) (3.389; 50-$l)— 
"Rainbow Island" (Par) and "Dark 
Mountain" (Par). Slow $22,000. Las 
week, "Love Soldier?' (Par) and 
"Aldrich's Little Secret" (Par) (2d 
wk), light $16,400. 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) 
(1.451; 50-J1) — "Rainbow Island" 
(Par). Okay $11,000. Last week 
"Love Soldier" (Par) (2d wk). slow I 
$8,000. 

RKO HUlstreet (RKO) (2.890, 50- 
80)— "Lonely Heart" (RKO) and 
"Girl Rush" (RKO) <2d wk). Offish 
$17,500. Last week, below hopes but 
good $25,200. 

Ritz (FWC) (1.372: 50-SD— "Since" 
<UA) (3d wk). Sturdy $10,500. Last 
week, hefty $11,800. 

Stale (Loews-WC) (2.204; 50-$l).— 
"Canterville Ghost" (M-G) and "Big 
Noise" (20th). Weak $23,000. Last 
week, "Irish Eyes" (20th) and 
"Dangerous Journey" (20th), below 
average $23,400. 

United Artists (UA-WC) (2.100; 50- 
$.1)— "Maisie Goes Reno" (M-G) (2d 
wk) and "Irish Eyes" (20th). Aver- 
figd ' $7,500. Last week. "Barbary: 
Coast. Gent" (M-G) and "Maisie 
Goes Reno" (M-G), neat $8,600. 

Uptown (FWC) 1 1.715; 50-SD— 
"Canterville Ghost", (M-G) and "Big 
Noise". (20th). Nice $7,500. Last 
week. "Irish Eyes" 1 20th) and 
"Dangerous .Journey" 1 20 th ), nice 

sv.400. : '■>'••■*■■ :. : 

Wilshire (FWC) (2.296: 50-$D— 
"Maisie Goes Reno" i M-G) (2d wk) 
ancL "Irish Eyes" < 20th). Moderate 
$6,500.' Last .week,' "Barbary Coast 
Gent" (M-G) and "Maisie Goes 
Reno" (M-G) $6,400. 

Wiltern (WB) (2.500: 50-$D— 
"Conspirators" (WB) (2d wk). Good 
$8,500. Last week, solid $13,500. 



Estimated Total Gross 

This Week. . ..; .$653,200 
- (Based pre 16 theatres) 

Total Gross Same Week 
Last Year. . . . $557,000 

(Baaed on 13 theatres) :•, 



Ifldcat'HMC 
In Okay Indpls. 

','.-'..'.■'.;'''.'. Indianapolis. Oct. 31, " 
"Since You. Went Away." in its 
second week at Loew's, still is the 
main bell linger here. "Gypsy 'Wild- 
cat" at the Indiana, is next best.. ;. 
.'.- Estimates for This Week 
Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2.800; 32-55) 
—"Hairy Ape" (UA) and "Song 
Open Road" (UA).: Tepid $9,000. 
Last week, "Louisiana Hayride" 
(Col) with Ray Kinney orch and 
acts, fair $15,500, at 55-75c. 

Indiana (Katz-Dolle) (3.300; 32-55) 
—"Gypsy Wildcat" (U) and "Pearl 
Death", (U). Mild $11,500. Last 
week. "Arsenic Old Lace" (WB) and 
"Big Noise" (20th ), sock $15,000. ' 

Keith's (Indie) (1,200: 35-65)— 
"Meet People" (M-G) and vaude. 
Oke $5,100, in four days. Last week, 
same time, "American Empire" 
(Par) and vaude, offish $4,300. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2.450; 32-55) — 
"Since WentAway" (UA). Still, ter- 
rific, $15,000 in second stanza, after 
smash $18,500 opener, new house at- 
tendance record. Holds again. ' 

Lyric (Katz-Dolle) (1,600; 32-55) 
— "Arsenic Old Lace" (WB) and 
Big Noise" (20th). Hefty $8,000 on 
moveover. Last week, "Tiger Shark" 
<WB) and "Walking Dead" (WB) 
(reissues), fair $5,600. ':>:«•'.: 



'Monahans' Lush $13,000, 
In Buff.; 'Master Race' 
Same, 'Smiling' Big 19G 

Buffalo, Oct; 31. 
"Master Race." "Irish Eyes Are 
Smiling" and "Merry Monahans" are 
best bets currently. 

Estimates for This Week 
Buffalo (Shea) (3.500; 40-70)-^ 
"Summer Storm" (UA) and "U- 
Boat Prisoner" (Col). Mild $15,000. 
Last week, "Arsenic Old Lace" 
(WB), strong $19,500. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,000: 40-70) 
—"•Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) and 
"Meantime, Darling" (20th). Solid 
$19,000. Last week, "Since Went 
Away" (UA) (4th wk), robust $11,- 
000. 

Hipp (Shea) (2.100: 40-70)— "Ar- 
senic Old Lace" i WB). Moveover. 
Fairish $8,000. Last week, "Rainbow 
Island" (Par) and "Pearl of Death" 
(U), snug $8,500. 

Lafayette (Basil) ' 3.300: 40-70)— 
"Merry Monahans" (U) and. "Jungle 
Woman" (U). Fancy $13,000. Last 
week. "Gypsy Wildcat" <U) and 
"Moonlight Cactus" (U). neat $13,500. 

20th Century (Ind.) (3,000; 40-70) 
—"Master Race" (RKO) and "Fal- 
con in Mexico" (RKO). Sturdy $13,- 
000 or near. Last week. "Youth. Runs 
Wild" (RKO) and "Minstrel Man" 
(PRC), mild $8,000. .'"'.'. 



"Minstrel Man" (PRC). Tine $14,500 
or near. Last week, "Canterville 
Ghost" (M-G) and "Maisie Goes 
Reno" (M-G), nice $13,000. 

Paramount (Fox) (2,200; 35-74)— 
"Dangerous Journey" (20th) and 
"Moonlight Cactus" (U). Stout $9,- 
000. Last week,: "Stagecoach" (UA) 
and "Wave and Marine" (Mono), 
fine $10,000. 

Rialto (Fox) (876; 35-74 ^"Ar- 
senic and Old Lace" iWB) and "Last 
Ride" (WB). Moveover. Big $3,500. 
Last week, "Janie" (WB) arid "Crime 
by Night" (WB), $2,500 on m.o. 

PARKINGTON' WHAM 
$22,000, CINCY'S BEST 

■•. Cincinnati, Oct. 31. 
New product at five houses, an 
extra supply for Cincy, has the over- 
all downtown score back to a pleas- 
ing level after last week's sag. Cur- 
rent topper, "Mrs. Partington" at 
the Albee, is racking up- the town's 
best mark in some time. - 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (3,100; 44-70)— "Mrs. 
Parkingtoii" (M-G). Wham $22,000 
for best, figure in city for some time. 
Last week, "Irish Eyes Smiling" 
(20th), big $18,500. 

Capitol (RKO) (2,000: 44-70)— 
"Till Meet Again" (Par). Fair $7,000. 
Last week, "American Romance" 
(M-G) (2d run), slow $5,500. 
"Family (RKO) (1.000; 30-40)— 
"Miss Bobby Socks" (Col) and "Bor- 
dertown Trail" (Rep) split with "Un- 
written Code" (Col) and "Stage- 
coach Monterey" (Rep). Normal 
$2,300. Ditto last round on "Leave 
to Irish" ( Mono ) and "Cowboy Lone- 
some River" (Col) 'divided with 
"Jungle Woman" (U) and "Mummy's 
Ghost" (U). ,, - 

Grand (RKO) (1,430; 44-70)— 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th). Move- 
over. Boff $8,500. Last week, "Ar- 
senic Old Lace" (WB), third move- 
over stanza, fine $6,000. 

Keith's (United) (1,500; 44-70)— 
"Carolina Blues" (Col). Swell $7,- 
500: Last week, "Merry Monahans" 
(U) (2d run); $4,000. 

Lyric (RKO) (1,400; 44-70)— "At- 
lantic City" (Rep) and "Storm Over 
Lisbon" (Rep). Sad $4,500. Last 
week, "Since" (UA), fifth downtown 
sesh, dandy $5,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2.600; 44-70)— 
"Tall in Saddle" (RKO). Satisfac- 
tory $12,000. Last week, "Conspira- 
tors" (WB), ditto. ; V 

Shubert (RKO). (2,100: 44-70)— 
"Conspirators'' (WB). Moveover. 
N.s.h. $4,000. Last week. "Naughty 
Marietta" (M-G) (reissue), (2d wk), 
big $5,000. '. ,'•■ 



Del Better; 'Creek' Sock 33G; 'Storm,' 
Spivak Great 38G, 'Climax Nice 306 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week ... , . . . .S2.327.M* 

(Based ore 22 cities, 178 thea- 
tres, cnlefly first rims. Including 
N. Y.) 

Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year . . . . . . J2,«3«,M« 

(Based on 22 cities. 164 theatres) 



23 



Screenplays At 

Work for Warners 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Writing* mill at Warners is grind- 
ing out 23 screenplays to keep pro- 
duction going at top speed well into 
the winter, v 

Scripting are six novels and 17 
yarns. written directly for the screen. 



DOT DIALOGING CONNIE 

Hollywood. Oct 31. 
Constance Bennett left Monday 
night (30) for New York to confer 
with Dorothy Parker on dialog for 
the actress' forthcoming UA pro- 
duction. "Paris Underground.." .,. 



'Since' Sockeroo 22G 
v ' In 2 Denver Spots 

' ./Denver. Oct. 31. 

"Since You Went Away" is giving 
the Denver and Esquire a ..smash ses- 
sion, and is one of few films to rate 
holdover at these houses. Biz fairly 
good all. over city. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1.400; 35-74)—. 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" i20th). and 
j Shadows in Night" (Col), after week 
I at Denver and Esquiie. Fine $7,000. 
Last week. "Arsenic Old Lace" i WB) 
and "Last Ride'' (WB), moveover, 
big $8,000. 

Denbam (Cockrill) (1.750:35-70)— 
"Love a Soldier" (Par) (3d wk). 
Nice $10,000. Last week, fair $8,500. 

Denver (Fox) 1 2.525: 35^74) — 
"Since Went' Away" (UA), day-date 
with Esquire. Smash. $18,000. Last 
week; "Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) 
and "Shadows in Night" (Col), also 
Esquire, big $17,000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 35-74)— "Since 
Went Away," (UA). day-date with 
Denver. Big $4,000. Last week, 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) and 
"Shadows in Night" (Col )„ also Den- 
ver; good $3*00. 

Orpheum i RKO) (2.600: 35-74)— 
"American Romance" 'M-G) arid 



'Master Race' Rousing 
$16,000 in Providence 

: ., Providence, Oct, 31. 

Leading current list is Loew's 
State's "An American Romance." 
RKO Albee's "Master Race" is only 
a step behind, and holds. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (2,100; 44-60)— "Mas- 
ter Race" (RKO) and "Moonlight 
Cactus" (RKO). Completes first sesh 
tomorrow (Wed.) with rousing $16,- 
000 likelv. Last week. "Bride by 
Mistake" (RKO) and "Pal Wolf". 
(RKO). about same. 

Carlton (Fay-Loew) (1.400: 44-55) 
—"Secret Command" (Col) and "K. 
C. Kitty" (Col) (2d run). Average 
$4,000. Last week, "Since Went 
Away" '(UA) (4th downtown wk), 
stout $5.000.. ''.'■' 

Fay's (Fay) (2.000: 44-55)— "This 
Above All" (20 th) (reissue) and 
vaude on stage. Bangup $7,000. Last 
week. "Delinquent Daughters" (Rep) 
and vaude, $6,000, 

Majestic (Fay) (2.200: 44-55) — 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" ( 20th ) and 
"When Lights Go Out" (PRC). At- 
tractive $15,000. Last week, "Arsenic 
Old'Lace" (WB) (2d wk ), big $10,000. 

Metropolitan (Snider) (3,200; 50-. 
70>— "Sing Neighbor Sing" (Mono) 
and Freddie Slack orch, others on 
stage.' Fair $5,000 in three-day week- 
end run. Last week. "That's My 
Baby" (Mono) and Stan Kenton orch 
on stage, good $6,500. '. .:.. ■':...■. ' 

State ( Loew) ( 3.200: 44 - 60) — 
"American Romance" (M-G). Open- 
ing night festivities including parade 
with members of WAC. Holding to 
nice $16,500. Last' week. "Secret 
Command" (Col) and "K. C, Kitty" 
(Col). $16,500 

Strand (Silverman) (2,000: 44-55) 
—"Love Soldier" (Par) ahd "Bonnie 
Lassie" ( Par)., Began second, week 
Monday (30), after hitting okay $13,- 
500 in first seven days,,' 



Pitt. Off, Albeit 
'Laura' Trim 11G 



Pittsburgh. Oct: 31. 
Biz is oft generally this session, 
with an unimpressive weekend all 
over town. "Bride by Mistake" isn't 
even close to Perm's recent average 
takes, Jimmy Dbrsey, at Stanley 
with "Music in Manhattan," won't be 
•anywhere- near Dorsey's usual take 
at this WB deluxer. 

Estimates for This Week 
Fulton (Shea) (1,700: 40-65)— "Irish 
Eyes Smiling" (20th ) (3d wk). Drop- 
ping off to $5,500. not too bad at this 
Stage of run. Last week, fast $8,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2,200; 40-65) — 
"Laura" (20th). Solid $11,000. Last 
week, "Merry Monahans" ,(U ). $9,000. 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3.300: 40-65)—- 
"Bride by Mistake" (RKO). .Qkay- 
$15,000 but far below recent biz here. 
Last week. "Seventh Cross" (M-G), 
fine $22,000. ■ :-.';'.••' 

Ritz (WB) (800; 40-65T— "Since 
Went Away" (UA). Fifth downtown 
week, nice $3,500. Last Week, "Ar- 
senic Old Lace" (WB), also fifth 
week m.o., $2,500. .: 

Senator (Harris) (1,750: 40-65)- 
"K. C. Kitty" (Col) and "Since Ve- 
nus" (Col). Dullish $2,400. Last 
week, "Gypsy Wildcat" (U), only 
$1,000 in four-day m.o. 

Stanley (WB) (3.800: 40-85)— "Mu 
sic in Manhattan" (RKO) and Jimmy 
Dorsey orch. Film is no great shakes 
but the rear disappointment is Dor 
sey, who's doing less this time than 
he ever did since becoming a name. 
Looks fair $21,500. Last w eek. Cab 
Calloway and "Maisie Goes Reno' 
(M-G), around $23,000. 

Warner (WB) (2.000; 40-65)— "SCv 
enth Cross" (M-G) (2d wk). Move- 
over from Penn doing well at $8,000. 
Last week. "Since Went Away" (UA) 
(4th wk), $8,500. 



BERGMAN HANDED 'LILY' 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
David O. Selznick is going in for 
another religious picture as a result 
of boxoffice returns on "The Song 
of Bernadette." Producer bought 
"The Scarlet Lily," a tale of Mary 
Magdalene by Rev. Edward F. 
Murphy. 

Ingrid Bergman will#star in the 
picture, to be Mimed in Technicolor. 



'BRIDE' OKAY $14,500 
IN MILDISH ST. LOUIS 

:■,'' St. Louis, Oct. 31 

Biz still is in the doldrums, best 
■showing being made by "Bride By 
Mistake" and "Music in Manhattan'' 
at the Ambassador. 

Estimates for This Week 

Loew's (Loew) (3.172; 35-55)— 
"Summer Storm" (UA) arid "The 
Whistler" (Col). Fair $14,000. Last 
week, "Barbary Coast Gent" i.M-G) 
and "Miss Bobby Socks" (Col), ditto. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,000: 35-55) 
"Coast Gent" (M-G) and "Bobby 
Socks" (Col). Good $5,000. Last 
week, "Since Went Away" (UA) (2d 
wk), fine $6,000. 

Ambassador (F&M) (3.000: 50-60) 
— "Bride By Mistake" (RKO) and 
"Music Manhattan" (RKO). Average 
$14,500. Last week. "Irish Eyes 
Smiling" (20th) and "National Barn 
Dance" (Par), good $i6.000. ■"'•-■■■ 

Fox (F&M) (5.00O: 50-60)— "Cas- 
anova Brown" (RKO) and "Dixie 
Jamboree" (PRC), Modest $14,500. 
Last week, "Till We Meet Again" 
(Par) arid "In Meantime Darling" 
(20th), $14,000. 

Missouri (F&M): (3.500: 50-60)— 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) and 
"Sweet Lowdown" (20lh). Mild 
$8,500, Last. week, "Rainbow Island" 
(Par) arid "Greenwich Village" 
(20th), $9,000. 3 ■.",'' 

St. Louis (F&M) U.000: 40-50)— 
"Love a Soldier" (Par) and "Janie" 
( WB). So-so $4,000. Last week, 
"Youths. Run Wild" (RKO) and "Fal- 
con in Mexico" (RKO), $5,000. 



Detroit, Oct. 31. 
Prospects are more cheerful all 
around than in recent weeks. 
'Frenchman's Creek" is little short 
sensational at United Artists. 
Michigan is strong, with Charlie 
Spivak's band and "Summer Storm." ' 
Fox will <io all right with "The 
Climax." "• ',"■'•■-.• 
Estimates for This Week 
Adams (Balaban) (1,700; 60-85)— 
Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) and 
Meantime, Darling" (20th). Nice 
$11,000 on moveover. Last Week, 
Merry Monahans" (U) and "San 
Diego, Love You" (U), ditto. 

Broadway-Capitol (United Detroit) 
(2,800; 60-85)— "Marriage Is Private" 
(M-G) and "Crime School" (WB), 
Fair $10,000. Last week, "Heavenly 
Days" (RKO) and "Youth Runs 
Wild" (RKO), oke $12,000. 

Downtown (Howard Hughes) . (2,- 
800; 60-85)— "7 Doors Death" (PRC), 
plus George Auld orch on stage. 
Average $21,000. Last week, "Oh, 
What Night" (Mono) plus Harry 
Howard "Pin-Up Girls," near same. 

Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5,000; 60-85) 
—"The Climax" (U) and "Babes on 
Swing Street" (U). Nice $30,000. 
Last week, "Irish Eyes Smiling" 
(20th) and "Meantime, Darling" 
(20th), strong $35,000. , r ' 

MadUon (United Detroit) (1,800; 
60-85)— "Wing and Prayer" (20th) 
and "Mask of Dimitrios" (WB), 
Mild $6,000. Last week, "Skefling- 
ton" (WB) and "This Is Life" (U), 
$6,200. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000; 
60-85)— "Summer Storm" (UA) and 
Charlie Spivak. Great $38,000. Last 
week, "Marriage Is Private" (M-G) 
and "Dark Mountain" (Par) (.2d wk), 
nice $18,000. .'.' : -- :-,'■- 

Palms-State (United Detroit ) (3.- 
000; 60-85)— "Step Lively" (RKO) 
and "Enemy of Women" (Mono). 
Cheerful $18,000. Last week. "Blonde 
Trouble" (M-G) and "Going to 
Town" (RKO), $14,000. 

United Artists (United Detroit) 
(2,000; 60-85)— "Frenchman's Creek" 
(Par). New high at $33,000. Last 
week, "Dragon Seed" (M-G) (3d 
wk), good $16,000. 



"Hero' Bangup 11G, Monti. 

»■';.': Montreal. Oct. 31, . 

Top newcomer this- week is "Con- 
quering Hero" at Palate, 

. Estimates for This Week 
• Palace (,CT) (2.700; 35-62)— "Con- 
quering Hero" (Par). Smash $11,000. 
Last week's repeat "Seventh Cross" 
(M-G). big $9,000. 

Capitol (CT) (2:700: 35-62)— "Mer- 
ry Monahans" (U) and "Pearl Death" 
(U). Fine $9,500. Last week, "Heav- 
enly Days" (RKO) and "Falcon Mex- 
ico" (RKO). $8,500. 

Loew's (CT) (2,800; 35-67)— "Mr. 



Hub Sluffs Off; 'Hero' 
Fast 2466^^3^6' 
Thm 35G, for 2 Spots 

Boston. Oct. 31. 

Pre-election slump ts the only ex- 
planation of offish biz this week, de- 
spite new bills in most houses, 
•'American. Romance," day-date at 
the State and Orpheum, is slow and 
disappointing. "Till We Meet Again" 
is fair at the Metropolitan. Best bet 
is "Hail Conquering Hero," at Par- 
amount and Fenway, day-date. 
Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3,200; 50-$1.10)— 
"Bride by Mistake" (RKO) and Clyde 
Lucas orch, Perry Como. on stage. 
Okay $27,000, but off for season. Last 
week, "Music Manhattan" (RKO) 
plus Sonny Dunham orch, others, on 
stage, $26,000. , ; v : • 

Fenway (M-P) (1.373; 40-74)— 
"Conquering Hero" (Par) and "What 
a Night" (Mono). Strong $8,000. Last 
week, "Rainbow Island" (Par) and 
"Atlantic City" (Rep), $6,000. 

Majestic (Shubert) (1.500; $1.10)— 
"Bernadette" (20th). Still amazing 
at $4,800 in 26th week. "Wilson" 
comes" in soon. La.st week, about 
same. 

Memorial (RKO) (2,900; 40-75)— 
"Master Race" (RKO) and "Reckless 
Age" (U) (2d wk). Good $20,000 fol-. 
lowing bi-? $28,000 first week, r 

Metropolitan (M P) (4.367; 40-74)— 
"Till Meet Again" (Par) and "Great 
Moment" (Par). Not up to snuff on 
opener at $23,500 Last week, "Ar- 
senic Old Lace" (WB) (2d wk), 
big $26,000. '' V 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,900; 35-74)— 
"American Romance'' (M-G)— A dis- 
appointment here at $24,000. Last 
week, "Impatient Years" (Col) arid 
"Ever, Since Venus" (Col), mild' $22,- 
800, and under hopes; 

Paramount (M-P) (1.700: 40-74)— 
"Conquering Hero" (Par) and "What 
a Night" (Mono). Excellent. $16,000. 
Last week, "Rainbow Island" (Par) 
and "Atlantic City" (Rep), $15,000. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 35-74)— 
American Romance" (M-G); Slow 
$11,000. Last week. "Impatient Years" 
(Col) ahd "Ever Since Venus" (Col), 

$10,000. .:.-;•■'-■>, 

Translux (Translux) (900: 30-74) — 
"Renault's Secret" (20th) and "Undy- 
ing Monster" (20th) (reissues). 
Fancy $7,000. Last week, "Live In 
Fear" (Col) and "Mysterious Night" 
(Col), $6,800. :s 



Skeffington" (WB) (2d wk). Lush 
$10,000 following sock $13,000 last 
week. 

Princess (CT) (2,300; 30-52)— "Big 
Noise" (20th)-and "Wing and Prayer" 
(20th). Standout $7,500. Last week, 
"Mile. Fifi" (RKO) and "Youth Runs 
Wild" (RKO), $6,000. 

Strand (United Amusements) (715: 
35-45)— "San Fernando Valley" (Rep) 
and "Strangers in Night" (Rep) <2d 
wk). Snappy $3,000 after near-ca- 
pacity take $3,700 first session. 



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16 



INTERNATIONAL 




French Exempt 'Artistic Pix From 
Curbs on Product Dubbed in U.S. 



Only films- 6f "exceptional artistic ♦ 
and . technical value," which; have 
been dubbed outside of France, will 
be. acceptable for showing in any 
French territory, according to regu- 
lations governing .the motion picture 
business which have been issued by 
the office of the Commissioner of 
•Information for France.- :'. ; , .., 

-..While this ostensibly jeopardizes 
-a substantial portion of some $5.00.0.- 
000 spent by U. S. companies in 
French' and" other foreign-language 
dubbing .(done in the U. S.), the new 
ruling is in. effect a modification of 
the 1934 decree under which '.pictures 
dubbed outside Of France., regardless 
of artistic or other values, could not 
be distributed in France. .A con- 
siderable number of French-clubbed 
American pictures will doubtless be 
refused distribution permits. French 
offeials, howeVer, intend to maintain 
a highly flexible interpretation; of 
what has been described as a. "tem- 
porary" regulation.'. 
■ Dubbing of American pictures in 
the U. S. is likely to be sharply 
curtailed, in line with the move , in 
various countries to stimulate dub- 
bing in territories abroad, by 



Aussie Firm After 'Okla.' 

Sydney, Oct. 3.1. 

Theatre Holdings, Did., legit op- 
erating company here, is reported 
dickering, for Aussie rights to •'Okla- 
homa," Company, which plans new 
legit theatres here and Melbourne, 
already runs the Mi.verva theatre and 
Tivoli circuit in Sydney 

'David Martin, managing director 
of. corporation, Is due in U. S. shortly 
for looksee for shows and talent, 



Par, Cobian Set 
11-Theatre Deal 

.The Ramos Cobian theatre circuit 
of Cuba was nabbed as an outlet 
by . Paramount last -week as result 
of pact signed in : As a result 

ha- j . of this agreement, Paramount Films 



tives of the lands where the U. S, 
pictures are to be shown. 

The decision of the French -gov-, 
eminent to permit exhibition of out- 
side-dubbed films - only of ''excep- 
tional artistic and technical, value" 
is, in effect, a means for easing dis- 
tribution of such films in France. 

The French Commissioner of In- ; 
formation has decided, pending pro- 
mulgation of new laws governing the 
film business and with consideration 
of the needs of the French theatre 
business and the war conditions in 
France which made dubbing there 
impossible until now, to provide for 
waivers under the old laws. "'.-'■' 

Such waivers, however, would still 
eliminate many dubbed pictures 
since it is "an essential condition" 
in securing such waivers that the 
films shall be of "artistic and tech- 
nical value." - -.'.';: 
Exhibition Condition 

Under a waiver, where obtainable, 
exhibition of U. S. . product may be 
authorized under the' following con- : 
difions: 

1. Films in a foreign language may 
be shown .'-without restrictions In all 
theatres booking them. , 

2. Films dubbed at this time or 
in course of dubbing in foreign stu- 
dios, that is, studios outside, of 
France: '•''.' .' 

3. Films dubbed in foreign studios 
tiid ' in release for, more than two 
years. ; '.':'.'.'." ' "' •,-" ■' 

Application for waiver from re- 
strictions governing general show- 
ing of a film in a foreign language 
(not dubbed) may be filed only after 
the limited showing of the film In 
Paris, but on condition that this 
application shall be filed within a 
period of three months from the time 
of the release of the film to the 
public in Paris. 

The Office of Commissioner of In- 
formation reserves the right to re- 
quest the presentation of the text of 
the scenario and of : the dialog trans- 
lated into French 'before giving no- 
tice of its decision. 

Films already authorized in North 
. Africa are, On principle, the first to 
be able to benefit from a .waiver, 
but companies holding approval of 
public showing of these films must 
present them before making -appli- 
cations for waivers covering new 
films. The filing of applications for 
waivers covering new films not au- 
thorized in North Africa entails giv- 
ing up of the right to apply in the 
future for waivers for the films, of 
the same company already author- 
ized in North Africa. 

The duration of the exhibition al- 
lowed for each waiver shall be four 
years, counting from the first public 
release of the film in France, This 
first release must take place within 
. a period of six months after the' 
. waiver has been obtained, failing 
which waiver would become null 
and void. 

Applications for waivers covering 
(films that have already been dubbed 
abroad must be filed with the Office 
of the Commissioner of Information 
before Dec. 31, 1944, .'■.'■• •''■'; ;; * 



of. Cuba and ..Ramos Cobian became 
partners in Circuito Cobian. of Cuba; 
capitalized at $1,000,000. Under the- 
pact." the partners participate equally 
in the operation of 11 theatres in 
Havana and CamagueV). plus a new 
house now being' built, in latter city; 

As a result all Par product: be- 
comes available to the new circuit 
under- a five-year franchise. A pic- 
ture rental deal with 20th-Fox,.nego- 
itated prior to the Paramount con- 
tract, is expected to be signed soon; 

Under the arrangement, three 
first-run houses in Havana and five 
subsequent-runs in the same city be- 
come available to Par. Also the first- 
run Principal in Camaguey and two 
subsequent-runs come under the 
deal.: - '\ . 



REPORT PRINCE LITTLER 
BUY OF DRURY LANE 

'•'. London, Oct. 31. 

: Persistent reports here are that 
Prince Littler, head of Associated 
Theatre Properties and the Stroll 
Circuit, has acquired the Drury Lane 
theatre, oldest and foremost theatre 
in the West End. -Understood that 
he has bought the JY B. Joel hold- 
ings, comprising 5l% interest, and 
also the holdings of Louis Dreyfus, 
one of the directors/who also had 
a substantial stake in the house. 

Littler would neither confirm nor 
deny the deal. Theatre at present Is 
used hy Entertainments National 
Service Assn. for executive offices 
and rehearsals, and reported that it 
will be retained by ENSA after the 
war to provide entertainment for 
armies of occupation. :....'■'• ,: 



Current London Shows 

London, Oct. 81. 

"Arsenic A Old Lace," Strand. 

"Banbury Nose," Wyndhams. 

"Bird in Hand," St. Martini. 

"Blithe Spirit," Duchess, 

"Daughter Janie," Apollo. 

"Felicity Jasmine," St. James. 

"Happy Few," Cambridge. 

"Happy & Glorious," Palladium. 

"Honeymoon," York's. 

"Jenny Jones," Hippodrome. ,. 

"Last Mrs. Cheyney," Savoy. 

"Lisbon Slrory,",Stbll. 

"Meirie England," Winter Gar 

"Meet, Me Victoria," Vic, Pal. 

"No Medals," Vaudeville. - ' ■ 
' "reek-.V-Boo," Whitehall. 

"Sadler's Opera," Prince's. 

"Scandal at Baiehcstcr," Lyric. 

"Sweeter Lower," Ambassadors. 

"Three's a Family," Saville.- 

"This Was a Woman," Comedy. 

"Tomorrow World," Aldwych. 

"Uncle Harry," Garnck, 
"What You Mean," Cambridge. 

"While Sun Shines," Globe. 



Mex. Film Body Probes 
Invasion' of U. S. Coin 
In Native Prod. Field 

. Mexico City, Oct. 31. ■'. 

Although, claiming that the situa- 
tion does not alarm it. the National 
Cinematographic Industry Chamber 
has begun mapping a program to de- 
fend the Mexican film industry from 
"the -invasion . of foreign 'capital." 
Survey was prompted by moves of 
some American companies to pro- 
duce films in. Mexico, with both 
Spanish and English versions. It's 
also reported that Hollywood in- 
terests may start studios at Monte- 
rey, industrial city much nearer the 
U, S. border than Mexico City. ' 

Rene Cardona, actor recently 
turned directorTproducer, apparently 
will follow the Mexican-English ver- 
sion idea with his next film. "My 
Lady Prisoner." It will have an 
English as well as Spanish version. 

However, the number of Spanish- 
English, version pictures to be done 
by U. S, companies appears neglig- 
ible, most of plans being mere talk 
thus far because" few producers 
willing to risk coin here, on such a 
setup. .... 



TJ's Farewell Luncheon 
For Aussie's N. B. Rydge 

Norman B. Rydge, chairman of 
Greater Union Theatres circuit of 
Australia, who returns to Sydney 
shortly, was hosted at a farewell 
luncheon by Joseph H- Seidelman, 
Universal "International Films prexy 
at the Hampshire House, N. Y., last 
Friday (27). 

Universal toppers, including Nate 
Blumberg, J. Cheever Cowdin, Bill 
Scully and C. D. Prutzman, attended. 
Rydge has been in the U. S. about 
two months, and is due back In 
Aussie by the end of November. 



French Made Films Inspiring Whole 
Underground Under Very Nazi Noses 



MONO'S SPANISH TRIO 

■ Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Three: films, dubbed in Spanish 
by Monogram, have been released 
fpr the Mexican and South Ameri- 
can markets. • 

- Pictures a r e "The Unknown 
Guest." "Lady, Let's Dance" and 
The Return of the Ape Man."- 



Simon .Shiffrin, head of the film 
division of the French Information 
Service, who arrived in New York 
last Wednesday (25) with Pierre 
Blanchar, French screen star who led 
the resistance movement within . the 
French film ' industry during the 
German occupation, plans to leave 
N. Y. for the Coast Nov. 17. He will 
scan Hollywood for production ideas 
to help revive the French industry. 

Blanchar reported that, during the 
German occupation, some 40 French 
films were made, under the noses of 
the Nazis, many of whffch. were de- 
signed to breed insurrection by the 
French. These 40 pictures, of some 
200 made during . the German occu- 
pation, have been selected as suitable 
for showing in France and for ex- 
port currently. 

Blanchar retired - to souther:-. 
France at the outset of the German 
occupation.. He was finally -prevailed 
upon to ; make two films but insisted 
on selecting his own material.: As a 
result he was allowed to produce 
'Portcarral.-' In this novel Blanchar 
"saw. the possibility of presenting to 
the public, under the appearance of 
an historical picture, a state of mind 
akin to resistance which would also 
be a great encouragement to the im- 
mense majority of French opinion. 
The Germans were powerless 'pgainst 



the moral strength of- a team deter- 
mined to put into this film more than 
appeared op the surface or, rather, 
more than Nazi wit was capable of 
grasping." The Germans allowed the 
picture to be shown because it had 
an 1817 setting. 

Blanchar explained how the Ger- 
mans tried to paralyze French pro- 
duction. He said that they: did not 
assume complete and open control 
of the French cinema but rationed 
all essentials such as electricity, raw 
film, wood, canvas, paint and nails. 
Scripts were not censored in pro- 
duction hut the Germans reserved 
the right to suppress a . film when 
completed, a method which kept 
French producers "in a state- of. fear 
and uncertainty.". .". 

Shiffrin and Blanchar discussed 
provisional plans to ' govern the 
French film industry whereby man- 
agement will be in the hands of 
those actually making pictures. From 
all indications; organization of ex- 
port and import of films, is being set 
following consultation with Ameri- 
can industry execs and U. S, Gov- 
ernment agencies such as the Office 
of War Information. 
■ French Government control will 
not extend to production, or exhi- 
bition but will be mainly limited to 
censorship. ." ■-"'-. .,..■.-'• 



exico Pix Biz May Adopt Hays Code 
Setup; Govt. Studies U.S. Censorship 



Rep Set to Gun 'Mexico' 

'. - Hollywood, Oct. 31, 
'■'First- of Republic's series of pic- 
tures aimed at the Latin-American 
trade, "The Song of Mexico," gets 
under way next week in Mexico 
City With- James A. Fitzpatrick^ pro- 
ducing. '•-'.'; ' Y ,->;'-- "'■ 
; He has been in Mexico . several 
weeks lining up native talent io 
support Rep contract players who 
Will go south for the filming] ' : . .' 



Raw Film Shortage 
Hits Mex. Prods. 



. Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Mexican motion picture producers 
will find themselves behind the 
eight-ball unless the War Production 
Board in Washington listens to their 
plea for a special allocation of 10- 
000,000 additional feet of raw film 
stock. Indications are that the re- 
quest will be turned down, owing to 
heavy demands by the Army and 
Navy, although WPB is disposed to 
be sympathetic toward the Mex film 
industry. ' ; , ';;'.,. .'. ;' ..•.:'..-...: ' •. '•.'■''. 

Shortage in Mexico ..has- been 
caused by a heavy increase in pro- 
duction, with the result that the 1944 
d.uota, about 46,000;000 feet was used 
up in the first eight months. Quota 
was based on film consumption- in 
1943 when 31 pictures were made! 
This year the Mexican producers 
had turned out 44 pictures up to 
Aug. 31. Now they want additional 
footage to strike oil prints of 28 com- 
pleted pictures. : .- 



M. L. Ernst 

Continued from .page 1 



the first step in a campaign to in- 
fluence, status quo in AnglorAmeri- 
can trade in motion pictures. Ernst 
significantly listed among the. sub- 
jects to be discussed: at the meeting, 
and under his chairmanship, ''free- 
dom of independent motion picture 
producers to get their pictures shown 
and distributed on a basis of equality 
with big producers.'' 

Similarly radio executives ; were 
wondering about. Ernst's tactics in 
terms of their own trade situations. 
Ernst spoke in his invitation of 
"freedom of the air, impeded by 
contracts and policies of the major 
networks, which a draft of a bill in 
the Senate seeks now to overcome", 
(the White-Wheeler Bill). 

Newspaper publisher opinion was 
not available at press time and so it 
cannot be . predicted whether, they 
will take Ernst's campaign seriously. 
His wording about the press is re- 
vealing of his attitude. Ernst prom- 
ised discussion of the "concentration 
of ownership leading to local mo- 
nopoly, arid the Government's mail 
subsidy." That mail subsidy crack i; 
right to the financial solar plexus. 



British Mull Plans ] 

• ■ Continued from page 3 jj 

somewhat higher than in -the pre-: 
war years. 

- Production plans are usually pro- 
jected in advance in line .with fore- 
seeable developments. Archibald 
pointed out that the two most im- 
portant developments ahead are the 
Japanese conflict and the recon- 
struction era which will follow the 
war. YWC-V 

Brujsh information films. Archi- 
bald noted,; are not made primarily 
with the object of getting into the- 
atres but: rather to cover a definite 
development of importance to , the 
nation, ' If a film turns but to be 
suitable for theatrical showing it is 
offered to theatres, but that is not 
the primary objective in the plan- 
ning of production. Discussing (he 
reconstruction era to come, Archi- 
bald pointed out that Britain .will 
be thinking in terms of food, .medi- 
cine, housing, employment and com- 
merce, and the need for keeping .the 
nation abreast of the various' de- 
velopments in these fields. 

Archibald noted, incidentally. 
British government films are made 
primarily for British audiences, not 
a world market, but that the pic- 
tures of the' greatest interest to the 
British had also, proved the moj-t 
appealing in the U. S. 



Mexico City, Oct. 31. 
So many squawks have been made 
by picture: producers and film 
writers over film censorship in 
Mexico that Manuel Avila Camacho, 
Mexican, president, has ordered the 
Ministry of Interior to send reps to 
the U. S. to study censorship first 
hand. Censoring has been done here 
by a special department, of this Min- 
istry for several: years. . Current pro- 
posal is to study censorship in vari- 
ous states of the U. S.. and use com-' 
posile of American film-scissoring- 
m Mexico, .--..'■• . 

, ' It's: probable that the government 
reps will also survey ' the voluntary 
method used by the Motion Picture 
Producers &-. Distributors A.ssn. of 
America because, producers have 
a.--ked Camacho tO:remove all censor- 
ship from government's hands , and 
place it .in their care. Chief execu- 
tive is now studying . this petition. 
Ministry's censoring recently was ex- 
tended to 16-millimeler films. ' ■ 



Soviets, Seeking More 
Aussie Pix Dates, Ask 
For Government Help 

Sydney, Oct, 31. 

It's likely, that the Curtin Labor 
Government soon will be pressured 
by Sovjet film interests to obtain 
more playing time for.Russjan-made 
pictures, it has been learned by "Va- 
riety." There are now nearly 30 
Soviet films waiting an outlet in 
this country, with exhibitors not 
keen on handling them. Because 
so many are 'strictly war productions, 
exhibs have given no hint they will 
play . .them, citing: that war pictures 
are poor toxoffice. 

Distriblttofs here shy away from 
handling most Soviet screen mate- 
rial because exhibs. won't book them. 
Fact thai until recently; the big ap- 
peal of American and British pic- 
tures made it virtually impossible 
for. any "foreign" film, to get a book- 
ing, figures in setup. With a decline 
in, biz at Aussie .cinemas in recent 
weeks, the backlog headache may 
be cleared up and. exhibs more likely, 
to book "outside" product. 

George Byobroy is. now in charge 
of -Soviet films in this area'. He will 
try to get government support in 
trying -to land some of his product. 
There's a. chance that Trade Union 
officials, many, of whom, reportedly 
look with favor on anything per- 
taining to the Soviets, may get be- 
hind .the government to see that 
Russo product gels playdates. ' 

Unfortunately, there are few 
choice spots available for additional 
product. For instance. Sydney, until 
recently, had 15 first-run. theatres; 
Melbourne. 14. . This means there i* 
no robin for any outside produc- 
tions, no matter how good. It hardly 
-seems likely the government would 
force exhibs to show Soviet films 
as they do a certain percentage of 
British. It's more plausible 1hat 
Soviet reps will secure theatre out- 
lets of their own here and in Mel- 
bourne. 



Aussie Theatre B.O. Hit 
As Yank Troops Leave 

Sydney, Oct, 31. 

Departure of many American 
troops from Australia to take a crack 
at the Japanese in the Philippines 
has resulted in a sudden -blasting of 
boom days in: picture theatres, ' 

It represents a return to the tough- 
er days of. cinema' window-shopping' 
by local patrons. - 



Down Under V-E Day Plan 

Sydney, Oct. 31. 
- Australian theatre, managers are 
laying plans to handle mobs expected 
in key amusement spots when the 
Nazis surrender to the, Aliie.s. Show 
biz, with 1918 celcbruti.nn.s iii; mind, 
are taking no chances of having 
theatre fronts damaged • by Overly 
jubilant peace celebrators. 
' Government already has decreed 
that.; no . transportation will, operate 
in the city when the word of peace 
is. received. Present plan is to shut- 
ter theatres immediately, after re- 
ceipt of Victory message, and. reopen 
after-, the glow of first tidings hat 
worn off some. . 



Wednesday, November t, 1941 



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Wednesday, November I, 194't 



Kirsch New Chief Barker in CHL 
Hendel Joins FC; Exchange Briefs 



. 'Chicago. -Oct: 31. 
Jack Kitsch, Illinois Allied Thea- 
tres prexy. . upped to chief barker 
from assistant , barker of • Tent 26, 
Variety Club,, for 1945 at annual 
election last week. succeeding 
Johnny Jones of .Jones. Linick & 
Schaet'er. /Others elected were Jack 
Rose. Indiana-Illinois Theatres, as 
firs) assistant barker: Ed Brunei!. 
Metropole theatre, second assistant 
barker, succeeding W. E. Banford, 
M-G branch manager; Irving Mack. 
Filma'ck. property master, and John 
Balaban, Balaban & Katz, dough 
guy, latter tvyO being holdovers. 

Jones and Banford remain: on 
board of directors. Other members 
sre Tom - Flannery. White • Way 
Signs: Ben Eisen berg. Monogram; 
Bill Baker. Republic: Lew Harrison, 
' Goodman Sc Harrison, and Hal Hal- 
prrin. '-.' ; . ■«■>■■■ ■■;'■'■■<. 



NW Variety's Slate 

Minneapolis, Oct. 3i, 
. Northwest Variety, club has elected 
new board of directors. It comprises 
M. A. Levy, 20th-Fox district man- 
ager: Tom Burke, Jack Cohan, "Hy" 
Chapman, Arthur Anderson and Bill 
Grant, branch managers: Joe Loef- 
fler, G.eorge' Turner and Bill 'Came- 
ron, .salesmen: John Branton. Minne- 
sota Ainuse. Co. booking manager, 
end . Neil Messick. Hotel Nicollet 
manager. Past chief barker Bill -El- 
con and W. A. Steffes. present chief 
barker, will serve as ex-officio mem- 
bers, The directors will meet in De- 
ceinber to elect a new slate of of- 
ficers. : ■"■ '- ' : . :',- '■ 



I here. He succeeded !* Epstein, man- ■ 
ager Atlantic Theatre circuit. .'•■': 

■ Iz Epstein named chairman- South j 
Jersey territory for Sixth War Loan f 
Drive. A. J. DiFiore. Par theatre; j 
Wilmington., will head drive in Dela- I 
ware. . . - j 

Film industry \s participation in! 
the United War Chest here was ar- | 
ranged at meeting last week. Head- j 
ing the drive here is Ben Ariister- j 
dam, operator of a circuit in South'- j: 
Jersey;- Mrs. Edna Carroll, chief -| 
motion picture censor, head of 'ex-, 
-change division; Ted Schlan«er and j 
J. Ellis Shipman, of Warner theatres.- ! 
and David Barrist and Jack . Beresin/.' 
independents. - ;j 

Jim Hendel to Film Classics ■ ',.[ 

Pittsburgh. Oct. 31. 

James Hendel, former UA. chief: in 
Cleveland and' recently salesman 
here for Universal, joined Film 
Classics of Western Peh'na. as man- 
ager. •'■ "■ - : : - v.-' •; :: .;' ,: 

State , theatre, subsequent-run 
house, has gone first-run temporarily 
with RKO's "Youth Runs Wild," 
w hich opened Oct. 27/ '• 

Meyer Silverman, connected" with 
film biz for about 30 years, has re- 
tired, disposing of his theatre equip- 
ment business. ■'.!■;', 

Jimmy Sippey, of UA shipping de- 
partment, who left for Army last 
week, tossed a party by office here. 



Kraker Philly Variety Chief 

Philadelphia, Oct. 31, 
Jack Kraker. manager Ross- 
FtderaV checking service here, 
.elected commander of Variety Club 
Post. American Legion, at elections 



Gene Caen la Metre in Pitt. 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 
Eugene Coen, of Metros St. Louis 
office, to company's local exchange 
as Main Line salesman. Replaced 
Milton Brauman. recently promoted 
to sales manager's berth under Saul 
Gottlieb, exchange manager. Latter 
succeeded Buck Stoner when he quit 
M-G to go with Pennsylvania Enter- 

f prises, new booking combine;. 

' Syd Lehman, Republic's new ex- 



change manager, mimed Film Row 
'chairman - in current- United War 
Fund drive.;- Theatre: employees will 
he. cnnnn'lod by committee headed 
by Pete Dana, U chief. 

Al Sugarrh-art, former Cincinnatti 
film .-'alp-man. rejoined. Col- as sales- 
man^ succeeding' Mort F.ichenbergj 
recently resigned. ... ■ ' 

Hundreds: in Pittsburgh paid trib- 
ute to the late Lou is Warner when 
a new projection room was dedicat- 
ed in honor, of the father of the 
Warner . Brothers at ; the Jewish 
Home for. the Aged here. M. A. 
Silver, WB zone chief in this, ter- 
ritory, was in charge; 

Charley Alley, Reynoldsville, Pa., 
manager for Harris Amusement Co.. 
serving as line coach of the local 
•Wah school grid team. 
..Jacob Richman, veteran . Pitts- 
burgh exhib. retiring from business 
because of ill health. Has sold his 
Avenue theatre to Mr. and Mrs. Paul 
Brnnder. '"-'■'! '■'- ■.'.. -.'■: ■•• ■ 

v Bennett's 4ln Term at WB 

At an annual meeting of the 
Warner . Club recently, Martin. F. 
Bennett was reelected to his fourth 
term of the organization of Warner 
employees. 

Other -officers for the coming year 
include Bernard R. Goodman, v.p.: 
R. A. MeGuire, v.p. in charge Of 
membership; F. L. Gates, v.p. in. 
charge ot claims; Ruth Weinberg, v.p. 
over welfare; Harry Mayer, v.p. in 
charge of social activities: Robert 
Salomons, treasurer; Sam Wolowitz, 
assistant treasurer; Stuart H. Aarons, 
secretary, and M. B. Clackman, act- 
ing secretary while Aarons is in mili- 
tary service. 



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Sweet-Taath Haarilinc 

Los Angeles. Oct. 31. 

Theatres equipped with candy bars 
are grabbing all the sweets in sight, 
as a precaution against further Gov- 
ernment regulations. New order re- 
quires all candy plants turning out 
more than 10.000 pounds a year-to set 
aside at least 50<7„ of their output for 
the Army and-Navy. . 

Film house circuits without suffi- 
cient candy backlogs are due to lose 
a profitable sideline. 

■-.J IMeakia ta Ciney H.O. 

Pre:paring to leave Washington, 
where for years he has managed 
RKO Keith's, llardie Meakin will 
headquarter in Cincinnati in charge 
of operations for RKO there and 
in Dayton, O.. as welt as supervise 
Washington under the district man- 
agership given him. Though shift- 
ing headquarters, he will be «in 
Washington arvd N. Y. frequently to 
contact the RKO homeofRce. 

Mrs. Meakin and their son are 
remaining in Washington until June 
so that Hardie. 2d, may finish his 
school term there. 



Law e Vice linger in Albany 

Albany, Oct. 31. 
Oscar Unger. who came to Albany 
as branch manager for Monogram 
last spring and who had been with 
Hofberg Productions before that, re- 
signed. He has gone into a plastic 
business which his family owns. 
Gene Lowe, salesman for Mono when 
it opened a local office some four 
years ago. is new manager. Lowe, a 
Filmrow veteran, had been with Re- 
public for the past two years. Bob 
Adler is his assistant. 



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KARISTEIN FOR "KELLY' 

'•; -'; .'; Hollywood. Oct. 31, . 
Monogram handed Phil Kai'lsteiij 
the director task on the forthcoming 
comedy with music, "Make Wav for 
Kelly.".. 

Piclure goes into work Nov. 4. 
with Lindsley Pai'ioiis producing. < 



follows: "Wild Irish Rose" . iTech), 
$1,500,000; "GI Joe" (Cowan), over 
$1,000,000; "Cagliostro," $1,100,000; 
"Dishonored Lady" (Stromberg), 
$1,200,000; "O'Brien's Navy," $700,- 
000: "Bedside Manner." $700,000: 
"Mayeriing." $1,100,000: "Driftwood," 
$900,000; "10 Little Indians" (Bron- 
ston), $1,000,000. "Paris Under- 
ground," "Latin Quarter," "One 
Touch of Venus" iPickford), 'Can- 
teen In Paris" iLesser), not esti- 
mated). ,- 

Seymour Nebenzal,, who is pro- 
ducing "Mayeriing" with Mary 
Pickford, originally dickered with 
Selznick on production. At that 
'•me a budget of over $2,000,000 was 
under discussion. ": 
' - - Still Mare . '■ 

i Not included in the lineup are 
I some 30 productions planned for UA 
i distribution, including two by An- 
drew Stone in addition to "Bedside"; 
one Arnold Picssburger in addition 
! to "Driftwood"; three from Charles 
i R. Rogers; two additional films from 
Stromberg; two or three from David 
Loew: Samuel Bronslon's "Blessed 
Are the Meek," "Borrowed Night" 
[and "Red Pony" tJohn Steinbeck 
novel)- on which story cost of $250,- 
000 is figured; two from Lester 
Cowan; four more from Edward 
Small. . 

International i Goetz-Spitz), in ad- 
dition to "Casanova Brown,"- has 
around $3,000,000 wrapped up this 
s'e.ason. iii "Woman in the Window," 
"Belle of .the .Yukon', and "It's a 
Pleasiii'e.'' Already started on next 
group of four or. five.- International is 
slated for around $6,000,000 or $7,- 
000.000 in negatives including "To- 
morrow Is Forever" and a Gary 
Cooper western. ' ' ■ , : - 

Wallis production is calculated to 



involve some $4,000,000' in produc- 
tions already scheduled. Following 
"Love Letters," Wallis has started 
"Affairs of Susan." "The Searching 
Wind" or "Don't Ever* Grieve Me" 
may also be on the coining season's 
schedule, with "Whenver TRemeni*- 
ber" slated to roll in England in the 
spring. '.; : ,-v;-.i'.'';.. 

DeSylva plans . three for Pin-a- 
mount release: "The Robe," Frank 
Ross production being handled by 
LeRoy. witI represent outlay of 
around $2,500,000; Sol C. Siege 1.- F.- 
Hugh Herbert and George Abbott 
deal with Columbia for production 
of "Kiss and Tell," is estimated at 
over $1,200,000; Alperson output for 
20th is likely to run over the $1.000.- 
000 mark; Samuel Goldwyn. around 
$4,000,000; Disney, $1,000,000; Edward 
Golden, approximately $750,000. 



Golden 

Continued from l»;iBC 2 



6th Bond Drive 



Continue* frarn pate t 



showings of pre-release productions, 
and p.a.s.of film stars in key cities. 
Balaban Names E. A. Brawn 
Barney Balaban, president of 
Paramount, has named E. A. Brown, 
company's cashier, as chairman of 
Par in connection with its participa- 
tion in the Sixth War Loan drive 
in the N. Y. metropolitan area. 



Bis; Omaha Turnout 

Omaha, Oct. 31. 

More than 200 distrib and exhibi- 
tor reps in Nebraska. Iowa, Minne- 
sota. North and South Dakota 
jammed the ballroom of the Fonten- 
elle hotel to overflowing here Friday 
(2T) at a regional conference to 
draw plans for activities in this re- 
gion during the forthcoming War 
Loan drive. 

"From the eagerness shown and 
the preparations already under way, 
I know right now these showmen 
of. the western states are going to 
repeat their success of previous I 
bond drives," Harry Brandt, national | 
chairman, who addressed the group, j 
declared following the close of the 
all -day session. -v..-"--. 

Dan Butler, mayor of Omaha: G. 
Ralph Branton, general manager of 
the Tri-States theatre circuit: Ted 
Gamble, representing the Treasury 
Dept.; John Hertz, Jr., national pub- 
licity chairman: Al Steffes. of Minne- 
apolis, and Leo Wolcott, South 
Dakota, also spoke. ' : 



N. J. Band Bally 

Newark. Oct. 31. 
New Jersey exhibitor state chair- 
men Harry Lowenstein and Frank 
Demis have called a meeting of ex- 
hib and distrib reps in this area to 
be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the 
Little theatre here. 

Discussions on plans for. the Sixth 
War Loan drive will be held, with 
national committee members present 
to address the gathering.. r 



lory of this earth." "lie "called 
Dewey "an in experienced i.iihUt- 
study-— and ah ahlatClii', at that'.'? --•' 
Dear Show Folks, ' Goidcii led 
oil, 'there is a lieneral iinpies- 
sio'n to the effect that wo peo- 
ple, who represent so- public ' an ' In- 
stitution as the theatro should; . lake 
.no definite political .itatid---t.hat we 
should keep .friends oil both sides. 

"I am not sure but this formula 
might be, wise in. other times— -but 
now — when the world is on fire— - 
"these-are-no days.l'or pussyfooting.- 

"You remember !iow one of out 
comedians.. -a long time a«o. dotined 
a -Mugwump".' , He . <Hid a- Mug- 
wump was a bird who sal in the 
middle of the fence with tiis.-niug oh 
one side , and his ' Vvunvp.. -on . the 
other. '..■': ••"--', ' , : - ■ ' ; ■ 

"It has been my aood I brtuiie to. 
personally meet and know, a num- 
ber of our great Presidents. Teddy 
and Woodrow Wilson liked us . but 
very few of the others n.id any real 
interest in the theatre.' Otv wc had 
our uses as itinerant clowns and pup- 
pets, particularly when it was neces- 
sary to raise funds or outeitain the 
fighting men, but aside i'rpm lhat we 
were treated with- ju/ t about ' as- 
much respect . as the older ' 'rulers' 
used, to give the King's jesters. 
FDR: 'Friend of The Theatre'. 

"But Franklin Roosevelt, has a 
very, different attitude toward oiir 
Institution. He likos the theatre 
and takes pride in the friendship of 
the -people of the thcKtre. He told 
me he loved it' since .when, as a 
boy Of 10, he and aiuihei lad came 
down from Hyde Park to see the 
very much discussed play then c'lii'-- 
rent at the Academy of Music. It 
was called, 'The Black Crook.' And 
speaking. of entertainment the Presi- 
dent said, 'It is invaluable in peace. 
It is indispensable in War.' 

"As for the First Lady: And as I 
have said before, if you .■believe that 
this is the greatest f(it|i:try .in the 
world, then it, must follow that she 
is the First Lady of Uic- World.. - A 
mother of a good-sized family' with 
stalwart boys- who are out there 
fighting for her—yes, and for you and 
for me. and- for the Governor, too. 
She is a grand mother— and a 
Grandmother, too. villi -a' complete 
education on bringing up children 
and with a heart lull of. love: for 
humanity wherever she meets it, 
whether it's a sickly Negro baby, a 
wounded soldier, or the- Winston 
Churchills." ■ 



Ink 



Cantmued 



Spots I 

I f 10 111 |UIKe I 'I 



Nartnwess Rally 

Seattle, Oct. 31. 
One of the largest and most en- 
thusiastic bond meetings ever held 
here was staged last Thursday 1 26> 
in the ballroom of the Olympic 
hotel with more than 200 exhibitors 
and distributors of Washington, 
Idaho, and Alaska in attendance. 
' Among the speakers were L, O. 
Lukan, local independent e.hib; 
Mayor W; F. Devin, William F. 
Crockett, national vice-chairman for 
the Sixth War Loan drive of the film 
industry; Hugh Bruen. Pacific Coast 
chairman;; Fay Reeder. publicity ' 
chairman. of this section; Henry Her- 
bel.. Warners' district manager and 
Coast chairman for. dlstribs Of this 
campaign, and Rotus Harvey. 



j Unionization 

aaSS Continued from pag;e*7 -I 

at work on the project for a long 
time now. ' '. ; 

The RKO managerial guild held 
another negotiating ■ meeting with 
RKO yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) 
at which the company offered coun- 
ter-proposals, on scale' that were 
turned down. While the MPTOM& 
AG is demanding a minimum of, $115 
for managers and $75 for assistants.; 
RKO offered minimums of $85 and 
$37.50, respectively. . Guild . is also 
Tasking for a 40-hour week, which 
RKO regards as revolutionary for 
; managers. RKO - negotiating "com- 
l.mittee of six. the other six of the. 
regular group being unable to at- 
tend due to 6th War Loan assign- 
ments, met yesterday (Tuesday) 
with Major L. E. Thompson's. RKO. 
exec in charge of labor matters: 
James Brennan, g.m. of theatre op- 
erations; W. B, England, personnel 
director, and Monroe Gblrlwater, 
RKO counsel. -;'. ' : 



ago he upped Kenny, who is both 
the top tenor and top mbney-getlei', 
from around $37,000 a year guaran- 
tee to $1,200 weekly. 'This is 
sans expenses, arrangements, public- 
ity, etc.. and also apiuit from their 
Decca record royalties. 

Watson, who started with the orig- 
inal quartet (that's when they were 
glad to accept $85 a week bookings), 
is in the $30,000 guaiyntji class an- 
nually. Al! are under; eniployinent 
contracts to. Gale, Charles Fucua, 
guitarist, now in the . Army, gels a 
$65 vreekly payment froni Gale, plus 
.25% of the disk income. Inci- 
dentally, a. similar pension whs .iust 
arranged by Gale (or. the widow Of 
"Hoppy." Jones, the deceased . basso.. 

Watson, who states hc'.s the crea- 
tor of the Ink Spots, along with 'Gale,' 
was set to return to the quni't< t Mon- 
day night (30) at the Zanzibar when 
Kenny reportedly .laid down the ul- 
timatum, that he'd, walk if Watson 
returned. Latter : had been out some 
six weeks through illness, and Billy 
Bo we n s'.u bs t it uted. Feel ing bet w ceil 
both Kenny' and Watson has been an 
open -secret" and -reached the fisti- 
cuffs stage In Chicago a couple of 
years ago. - 

Kenny has been developing- into . 
the most-importiint member Of tliis 
outstanding colored quartet and . 
that's why . Gale upped his salary 
out of his own-, .i Gale',* I share. Gale 
has an employment contract dm ing 
from 1939 for five years, and , a year 
ago. before its expiration this past 
spring, the contract " was extended 
another five years to 1949. Gale 
states this was a voluntary, move by 
the Spots in 1944 and- offers. Mhis as 
evidence of the former amrcabl.e-.un- 
derstanding. hence his surprise, at 
Kenny's recent desire to break away-.- 
Kenny, he adds, succeeded one Jerry 
Daniels, who was of- | ho original; 
quartet. Since then Jones has died 
and there was another staff change, 
leaving Deck Watson as the >-ole 
original, Ink Spot. Cliff Gibbons lie*. 
Southern Sonsi will uHimiifclv re- 
place the hue Joijes, . 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



19 



A SCREEN TREAT YOU 
MUST NOT MISS! 

ROY ROGERS 

KING Of »■ COW.O« 

TRIGGER 

SMARTEST HO*SE ^ 'THE MOVIES 

,"LM»HTS OFOtD 



SANTA FK 

GEORGE "GABBY ' HAYES 

DALE EVANS 



^ roRRlGAN • RICHARD POWERS 

an d THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS 

FRANK WcDONALD, Director 

, by Gordon Kohn and Bob W^, 
Original Screenplay by Gora 




CrklV^C "Amor" * "the Nerve of Some People' 
D\Jl\\rD .*. .. Lightf of Q|d SantQ F# .. . -cowboy Jubilee" 

"Ride 'Em Cowboy" ; . ; "Trigger Hasn't Got A 
Purty Figger" • "Cowpoke Polka" • "I'm A 
Happy Guy In My Levi Britches" 




to 



RADIO 



-Wednesday, November 1* 19J4 



labor Crashes Net Gates; CIO, AFL 
Sign For Public Relations Series 



Deals set with. the four rielwdrks ; + 
iip the fact that 1945 will be the .year, 
labor unions will crash radio's gales 
•with a bang. Arrangements provide 
fcoih the CIO and AFL with time on 
NBC, the Blue and CBS, , starting 
. Bi-ound the first of the year. Labor 
spokesmen hail the- situation as 
marking the end of what they term a 
"closed door" policy for labor repre- 
*«itation on the air. . • .. 

Time set on the Blue is ihe 6:45 
p m. Saturday night 15-minute slot 
waiting Jan. 6. -.Clearance' for CBS 
has not been made-, but is. also re- 
ported, to be for 'Saluiday h'igh't, 
NBC 'time, will be Sunday afternoon, 
."•15 to 1:30. effective Jan. 7. 

CIO also -has discussed at great 
length question of/setting; a regular 
Mutual booking. L;i test info is that. 
*t a .recent MBS directors meeting, 
•the idea was nixed by -Col. Robert 
McCormick. owner ot WGN arid the 
Chicago Tribune. Network,, however.;; 
is said to be willing to give labor 
8.n amount of time , equal to- . that 
given by other webs, but on a spot 
deal, not for a series. V\ 

Report is that ihe CIO plans radio 
operations pit a large scale,, with 
Pete Lyon. w.k. radio / writer , and 
currently unopposed' nominee for 
president of the Radio. "Writers 
Guild, in line to bead CIO radio 
activities - under Leu De '. Ccaiix/ 
union . press head. Also under , con- 
sideration by the organization is an 
idea, calling for a sort, of advisory 
council to be composed of top name 
wi'ilcrs-directoi'S^aetors. Theory is 
to use radio showmanship to attract 
largest possible audiences to labor's 
programs. . ■ «-'.. 

Blue Quarter-Hour 
Program format for the BUieffCIO 
show calls for a 15-minute segment 
on which the CIO will dramatize a 
current issue; i i.e. the poll -tax- prob- 
lem,. Congressional absenteeism, etc): 
offer a labor commentary to combat 
alleged anti-labor gabbers on. the air 
ft* sponsors: and, finally, an inter- 
view with a labor. rep: either prom- 
inent or rank-and-file. Show will 
be written and produced by the CIO 
iadio staff. 

Format of the CBS show- has hot 
yet been decided, but. may . include, 
some well known gent as perma- 
nent M.C, Mentioned, but. not set, 
is Carl Sandburg, author. Show also 
may include a folk song chirper of 
the Burl Ives genre. Program will 
be written and produced by CBS. 
with the CIO; given the right to 
initiate program ideas and approve 
scripts, according- to reports. NBC 
stanza, still in the works, may in- 
volve a weekly awii.d to employers 
for equitable and amicable labor- 
management relations. " "'•;, 

Plan calls for- the CIO to start 
•with 26' weeks -wi the Blue , and ,13 
on CBS, second cycles to be ■ taken 
by the AFL and continuing on' that 
fcifernalitrg basis. AKL is to' -start 'off. 
With the first 13 weeks on NBC, CIO 
following, etc. 



'Which' Is Wrong 

New -.'Which Js Wnieh?" Old • 
Gold Wednesday night , CBS 
show in which audience parti- 
cipants^ are' asked to identify 
piogiam's headlmets as either 
the mccoy or a aiimic, rart-mto 

'it*, first embarrassing complica-. 

•tion even before, initial stanza 
w as aired. 

CBS plug put on air for. show 
last Wednesday i2')> morning, 
used nante :of .limmy Durante, 
who stars on the f'ridsy night, 
show .lor the rival Caitiel ciggie 
sponsor, with plug tag line mak- 
ing reference to "will it be'Duri 
ante -or- a mimic*' . on. "Which . Js; 

.•WhiclitV. ■ ', 

Comedian obviously is one 
guy who won't appear oil the 

. rival- ciggie show . with the 
agency on the Durante show, 
Win. -Esty, reportedly - burning 
plenty ovei the incident 



Guest Budget Up 
For CBS Romance' 



When, a program falters and grad- 
ually declines in rating polls, execs 
usually endeavor to hypo the stanza 
by increasing the budget :fo! the 
show and adding new gimmicks. 
But when a stanza increases - its rat-, 
ing steadily, and execs up its' budget . 
50'.. in order -to .-. garnet- an even 
larger listening audience.- : that's 
news/ ... ■;■',' , - ' . ■ • 

And that is just what happened 
on the CBS "Theatre of Romance'' 
stanza sponsored by Colgate each 
Tuesday night in the 8:30-9 p. hi. slot. 
Starling last night (31) program/in- 
augurated guest star policy teeing, 
off with/Mary Astor in the leading 
role,. with other Hollywood him per- 
sonalities slated to follow. 

Original budget for this show 
which was $3,500, has been upped;ld 
S5.000 per .week. Format continues 
the same, with the use of dramatiza- 
tions ..of stories with a romantic 
angle. • .'-■''/ 



'Radio Reader's Digest' As 
Transamerican Bows Out 

T-'njo'uclion setup on "Radio Read- 
ers Digest'' «CnmpbeUs Soups) has 
been., tvampel effective. Nov. 12. 
v.nh 'ftansamerican bowing out of 
ihe- picture. Production and direc- 
tion assignment has been handed to 
W >})•!*:)! Robson, CBS staffer, who'll 
Ijave'cd.nrpUle-. responsibility. 
.■: Rfcl«>..l lb. Diggs, formerly, with 
I.e/men- & Mitchell,- BBDO and QWI. 
bicoints story .. editor. Margaret 
\\ -»ttt > /ore. now Robson's ass.is.Uint 
CBS, f lso moves, over with Rob- 
so'i, i.'Jsci working-out of Ihe. N.Y. 
ol«ce <( Ward Wheeiock,, agency on 
.the' 'how. '.- . ".- •'..' •'..-; 

A -i; i'l «io\ e- is- sflfd to be a.hypo- 
r.g «'.; '-it lloooeratmg, program 
rci nf : ui.i'i a with both agency 
; ih< l i.tnt icportedlv dissatisfied. 
Fi'S mi-; ••! "Digest" will be' revamped 
!<■'! i i) .(it »!(ii f individual spots on 
ii e p; (.js-rutfv Idea being to git more 
vl- ihe ( at st magazine feeling on .the- 
:.:!■ Ct.nilto Nit gel ts slated .In /eon- 
i/.ise, i-y i/.e. " -//,.-' '!.; 

"i\ ■ us i'.ei'icah has handled the 
p. 'Tin , u '. chore on '-Digest ,' Miice 
iPupMoa in 1942. -Although hir 
fiiimi'i >;ial m the original -package 
s'lt, wBrtsaci '.is said to hiive pio- 
\ r»)w» .'gi.ncy ca;Uc!la"!on per- 
.•■•issii'n..-. • ■; ':"-■- 

A ■ . ii' ic is fi' p.m., Sun., on CBS, 
Di^jtt. lepoi'ts that the' Jack 
Ci. - Miii-CampbcU Soup vhow would 
be. t - (.f i in. sponsor renewed Fri. 
'.: "7 -i, "j li'iH on .the deadline. Foole, 
Cor, eft fielding handle the segment. 



Door-Slammers 'Artists,' They Claim; 
Cue Agency Swerve to AFRA Demands 



What's My Name? 

Muiiial . publi ity department 
Wis .thrown into a turmoil last 
week when sponsor decided on 
Bob Barry as name for crooner 
on iiew Swank Slip show which 
teed off oii Sunday, Oct. 22, over, 
the/ web. Word .came through 
that name should be changed 
to Willard Charles, and bbys had . 
to get ' busy oiv that. Two days 
lafer, client decided to go back 
I'd. Bob Barry. 

Gun s real name is Bob 
Ilahhoti.' . -.- 0 ' 



Fred Allen and His 
Longtime Biz Manager, 
Batchelor, in Split 

Radio trade is Currently buzzing 
over Ihe split between Fred Allen 
and his longtime manager! Walter 
Batchelor. Breach has. now become 
definite, .with Batchel.oi's . last chore 
for the comic being "It's In the. Bag," 
film which Alien has just completed 
on the Coast for Jack Skirball. He 
is due to return :o N. Y. in about 
three weeks. 

Allen and Batchelor had been to'-, 
Retlier for years, oh a 'handshake 
contract. Break: it is reported; had 
been slowly coming lo a head for 
some time: finally blowing off . re- 
portedly because of Allen's desire to 
sliiy off the air, with Batchelor said 
io have been pushing an early .re- 
1tirn. Comic is- also said to have beeii 
unhappy over his Skirball picture 
deal, in which he" .is. being paid oft 
partly in cash and partly in stock 
interest.. Allen and Batchelor, both 
now in Hollywood, .have had little, 
contact while out I here. . 

Iriliinates state that comic now in- 
nisf.s he will lay 'off radio iintH- 1he 
fall of 1945, because of liis lieallhV 



KID CHARACTERS BOW 
OUTOFEDWYNNSHOW 

Ed Wynii's "show, for Borden's on 
the Blue will be- "streamlined'' as.' 
of this Friday (.3) with a number of 
the "Happy Island" characters. ..on 
the show since it started, being elim- 
inated. ' Out of the show, among 
others, are the. "Prince Richard.'' 
"Princess Elaine." "Blotto" - ; and 
"King Nasty.'' characters, only one vt- 
the originals remaining being - that 
o'f "King Bubbles." done by Wynn 
liimsell. Jerry Wayne and Evelyn 
Knight, who played the prince and 
princess, remain on the show, how- 
ever, as vocalists. 

, Idea of the switch is to eliminate 
some of the fantasy and involved, 
plot tangents the show had devel- 
oped since starling. 
, young & Rnbicain, agency on the 
show, is also working on lining' tip 
Ben Graucr as- announcer. 



Ritchie * CBC lnf» I'ost 

'-'.'' Toronto, Oct. 31. 

Press representative of-, the Cana- 
f?iai! Broadcasting Corp.' since I!)42. 
Wells Hitchie, has been appointed 
Aupervi.sor of all CBC press and in. 
formation services. 



Welles' 'Xmas Carol' Tops 
Philco Show for Dec. 24 

Orcein Welles will do Edith \lii- 
ser s version .of Charles Dickeivs" 
"Chti'-tmas Carol- Dec. 24. on the 
rhilco "Radio Hall of Fame."' In- 
cideiitly, her ex-husband; Tom Mc- 
Knight, is producer-director of the 
program', 

'■ Alan T.add. slaied for 'the. Nov.' 12 
show, looks stalled on the 'Coast .tori 
retakes and may have to i'eshuMle 
his HOF commitment. . ■' '. ,■'. ( 

The • Philco program shifts to 
Hollywood, for eight weeks' origina- 
tion after the /Dec. 3 program,' 



lend-Lease Deal 
Oilyser Show? 

S tuatjpn involving dropping of 
Kft.v Kyser by ' George Washington 
H'/l),' (.resident of American Tobacco, 
hus de it loped a precedental radio 
{•vigit-, >p that Hill s Coll tl act 'J ith 
the b;md leacler reportedly g:\-cs the 
fi.-o. i.-o ftrrh' the right .to - "recap- 
t.iu" -Die program, niter two. years 
As- fat Bf s k''Own..it's the hist time 
a i)ij? Ki'ie -*ari o siar has been hi* 
\<. yi'ti in a "lend-lease ' deal . 

Rcidntd that Lucky Ski'ke. -has 
;'f: i ght -to farm Kyser out to. any 
mi e, ticnfetiser in (ine wnh a )t- 
t'iptnit', or assignment clause/ in the 
■Kysc r-American Tobacco conti acf. 
it's. su. tec: that should Luckies- fail 
10 .exercise, its privilege at the end 
(if. .two years following Kysei's de- 
pai lu're -from their payroll, this re- 
iBpHn-e right is forfeited. Ky.ser's 
p : < st. il cycle ' with/ the. tobacconist 
riinf, iiftijl late December, when the 
pieseni 13-week cycle for the We'd. 
10 p.m.; spot on NBC also expires. 

Wh.ie j: number of other accounts 
few expressed interest in buytng 
the. Kyser musical quiz, one piom- 
iiifbi account is known to have 
.Chilled when advised of the terms. 
Accoiint . figured it would ' be too 
jisky to invest in the lime and prb- 
giiim, (inly to. face a possibility Of 
)os : "g Diem, both in two years/ - 
. Si/icLy' "no comment'-' attitude 
was taken' by Poole, Cone -& Beld- 
i.-.g; AT's agency; NBC. and MCA. 
Kysc-i's managers. Similarly, Kyser 
'ohi-iself.. remained mum when queried 
«w 1nf Coast. However, it's known, 
that NBC, wants to- keep the Kyser 
I'iO.;ir-ki>".g. tfan/.a on in its present 
f '"'it ■ j( ni i.vther than selling t)ie 
period in- half hour Ibis.' . Network 
if*)* liial since Kyser has steadily 
among the first 15 Hoopera- 
1(-i s, i > too good a buy to. be broken 
i'P- : - :': ' -' ; / fK- '-C/H : ' ' ; . ' •- ; 



HopcIffGecWW 
in Foto Finish 

.Upopei aiuigs -for Oct 30 show 
Jack Benny dropping. 2.9 from, his 
iniiial latiiig of 21.2 10 18 3 with, (he 
Kate. Smith opposition shosy on 
CBS moving up -0.9 from her prfe- 
vinus t.iM\ to V (5.. 

JnUiosimg footnote. -|o the Bcmiy- 
Smith/S.uhday night rivalry i.s. the 
fact -that G. W. Hills super -sales- 
mail lor Liickies is trailing his/last 
yejijCs Hocipcrating by, more /i hail 
five points. Last season's Oct/'Ilu 
tally, when he was still in the Gen- 
eral . Foods -foUl, gave him a 23.9 
mark.' . , /. : , '.'. C : '•-'/.';■.' - : " '■• 

-New Hoopers pi.it Hildegarde. .star 
of the -10:30 Tuesday night "Raleigh 
Room'' NBC show, up with . the top 
10 lor the first .time; with a' ie!7 
rating. - ■ '/../ .".,!,•'/-■•',■-".-•.'.. ':-• 

Tally for Raleigh show is based on 

a 



JACK HILL TO COAST 

Jack. Hill, NBC producer, hat o.ijt 
to take over prpdticlion of t lie. hew 
Coast-originated . Jack K i r k w b o d 
skow for Procter & Gamble. -Pro'- 
grain debuts on the CBS Pacific •- Web 
■^ov. 13 and a five time a weektr 
Hi,))-, .who leaves' for Hollywood 
tomorrow? iThui-s.) foriiierly pti>- 
(hiced the NBC morning sustsine ;•, 
'"Mirth and Madness," whicii ftj- 
i;i:><i Kirkvrood. ■ ' > ; .'-.-'..' 



Recent move among seme agencies 
handling bigtime network shows in 
passing along word to scripfers to 
lay oft situations calling for (he 
intra of sound effects nas stirred up 
resentment among number of the 
sound /artists with the major net- 
works. While the agencies take the 
viewpoint that 1 here's a dearth of 
sock sound artists around Ihese dayi 
that's- hindering rather than aiding 
Comedy programs, and hence its 
better to write around the' sound 
.eftccls than let interior artistry - 
creep iii.. the sound 'boys counter 
with- t ain't so; (hat there are- more 
than/ enough sound . at lists around 
the nets who are perfectly capable 
of. handling any comedy show on the 
air. Sound technician at NBC in 
N. Y; registering a beet over the 
agency, attitude contends that there 
<ue at lest, eight guys there who can 
cover any . comedy show on the Red 
network whether in N. Y , Chicago 
oi Los Angeles, with each an -expert 
"technician who can provide Ihe 
stance With/. the .lecess.nv ^oiind 
hypo.. ■'./•.. . ,/:.- //- • • ' , . 

Altitude of. the" agenc.es it's 
il.unicd, Mems l.iom (\\0 principal 
laclois ■ The primary motive seen 
behind the agency d'c-e-mphasis o.a 
ihe sound routines, as some of the 
te.chircians are pointing out, has 
been the move' to, negotiate codes via - 
AFRA -enabling the sound' artists 
jo. .collect a fair share of the talent 
budget on .the shows that they work;' 
that hence it's a cover' up 'to stall 
proper recognition for the "voice of 
the unknown" who is relegated to a 
role of unimportance in the comedy 
program, picture./ '-.' : -'.:' 
- In the second place, it's coiitended,' 
the agencies handling these comedy 
-shows are not allowed to deal 
directly with the sound artists as 
they/ do. with actors, annonncers, 
siiigc-rs and musicians, but are. "forced 
to retjuest the -nels to- assign men to 
cover their programs/ therefore, 



.compulation for the eastern area 
ias, with all. shows bowing in alter 
lft:30i which" actually has the effect 

of bringing the rating ciown'.. /•. >«•-•; >■;««' »uw, / x nets lore, 

Here's -IVgw Hooper rates Hie lopij: 1 >V8 : ».ed, the agencies are never 
5 Shows': ; • ■- '.- •-'" /./ , sure just who will work the sound 

|- effects, pii their shows or how 
I talented those Sound. artists: wljl be. 
| . As one. of the so, indies boyn put 
/it- "I have been. a-. sound artist at 
: NBC in. N. Y. for the. past eijiht 
|. years. In that time -I have : seen 
sound effects change' from -a' novelty 



Bob Hope. 
Fibber McGee & Molly] 
Walter Winchell / . , , .'.. 
Lux Radio . Theatre..",.. . . 
Edgar Bergen' . :\ \ ■ 



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Abbott <Sc Costeltbv...... . /22'0 



Jack Benny 
M;r. : District' Attorney . 
E(!(iie. Cantor ,./...: . ,:. , 

Hildegarde . . . . . . ';..' 

Screen Guild Players. . ' 
H. V. Kalie.nborn . . 
Truth or Consequences. 
Your Hit Parade. . ./,/ . 
Phil Baker :. 



18.3 
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AL RMER EXITS JWT 
FOR BIOW-P&G SHOW 

Hollywood. Oct. 31. 
A) fi inker's forthcoming departure 
)) omit lie J. Walter Thompson payroll 
to p; educe a -Gay Nineties"' type 
ltvne for Procter & Gamble. iLava 
sospl. is credited to a sharp hike/in 
'•i/.'l.y _ New chore, on which the 
Biow.Co. is agency, is said to call for 
twice the JWT. stipend. Show staits 

...n xbc .Nov. is. 

.Rinker has- been .-producing (he 
Eiajg Crosby-Kraft music Itajl *t air/a 
M J... Walter tor some. time. Like 
Bing, he is one of the' original Paul' 
Wi')Ui'is.n-Rhylhm Boys. 



WMCA to Encore 
'Xraas Overseas 

, WMCA, N. Y,,,is preparing lo spend 
$20,000. on its . special "Christinas 
.Overseas:' program to be aired for 
five and possibly more hours Chi ist-, 
mas- Day. Program features overseas 
pickups of-, service men on ■ all 
fronts, with WMCA sending -"platters 
of the men's talks to their families. 

Station introed. the ./stunt . last 
Christmas with considerable success.- 
Show at, that tiine cost $10,000. This 
year's feature figiiies to be consid- 
erably more expensive because ofin- 
crcase.s in wire- costs due- to Pacific 
war/ theatre expansion which -has 
taken place since last year 
., Again/this year the- station. will 
, not know actual program .'costs until 
' some time after the broadcast Itself, 
due to delays in bills being rendered. 



Cecil Beaver to WOAI 

. -■'-'/■ Sail An I on id, Oct. 31. 

,*.ppo utment of Cecil K. Beu\tft< 
f>-M- M'>. mgr. of WOAI has been 
n'i-de Hugh , A. L. Halff. 'prtz. i.nd 
g.ic o)' the station. ' ... 

Bf;vtr comes here from KARK. 
L Rock. . ''.•' -. .■/• '; " ; " - 



VIC SEYDEL FROM BLUE 
TO WALKER & DOWNING 

Victor Seydel, for. the past year" 
and a half on the production staff of 
the Blue, resigned last .week to be- 
come eastern radio Supervisor of all 
Walker &• Downing agency network 
show s originating in Ni -Y. .- 
,/, Stany.as he will oversee include 
"Dax id Harding." "Counter spy." and 
the Mary- Small shows on 1 lie' Blue: 
John ,J. Anthony's "Good Will Hour" 
and "Steel Horizons" on Mutual. 



to an integral part of any show on 
which they are used. The good 
sound artist must not only be an 
t.xpert technician but ilso a talented 
actor. I fan- conservatively slate 
that SO';, of .the laughs on most such 
shows are gained tor I should say. 
'have, been gained') through the 
talented application of clever sound 
effects. There is no doubt that, un- 
laleuted sound effects can ruin any 
program. Therefore, is it fair that a 
talented sound artist who makes a 
material contribution' to anywhere 
frolii 5 to 25 shows a week is paid a 
small weekly salary and never re- 
ceives any air (or other) credit for 
his fine performance?" 



Furl Wayne— Tom Carnegie has 
been named public service director 
of WOW.O. effective immediately. 
He. was handling the sports depart- 
ment vice Ililliard Gates, who: 
just returned alter 22 months' serv- 
ice in tile Army. / " ';: - 



TYRO LARRY STEVENS 
IS NEW BENNY SINGER 

Jack Benny is set to take' the 
wraps off his new male .singer next 
Sunday (5) after Using the . si'iuash 
of Dennis Day's successor as ». run-' 
"ing gag since .returning to the air, 
Oct. 1, oh his new Lucky Strike 
contract. New warbler, Larry Ste- 
vens/is without profesh experience 
and was discovered by Mary Living- 
ston (Mrs. Benny). 

Newcomer ' was recently dis- 
charged from the Air Corps We s 
stepping into a tough spot, it's 
agreed, especially in the face of all 
the ballyhoo attended on Day's de- 
parture and Benny '.s frantic 'efforts 
this year to line tip. a new. .voice. 
In addition, singing spot on Benny 
show always has been one of the 
strong points of the stanza. : - 



Ad Smith Leaves R&R 
For Frederick Bros. 

. Addison Smith -is resigning '''from 
Ruthrauff & Ryan agency. to head tip 
the radio division for Frederick 
Bros., talent age .Is. He switches 
over to. new post on Jvfbv. 1. 

Smith lias been in charge of pro- 
duction/ oil all spot programs and 
transcribed shows handled by R&ft 
agency. Previously he was with Ted 
Bales and Benton & Bowles agencies. 
Switchover rnarks ihajigiiration ef 
expanded radio activities for Fred- 
erick Bl OS. '.'/"-. ' . 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



RADIO 



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SHOWS' ONE-MAN RULE EXITING 



Document For Peace 

To radio and NBC in particular fell the privilege on Sunday T29) 
of recording a. great, historical moment— the. broadcasting of the. first 
Jewish service inside Germany and the return of religious freedom 
and worship, to Nazi soil. There was something profoundly stirring 
in. hearing the voices of a rabbi and a choir of 50 American soldiers 
stationed near Aachen chanting the traditional songs of praise to God 
while Nazi bombs could he heard bursting within a few hundred yards. 

The profound significance of the event was inescapable; there 
couldn't have been a Jewish mother, sweetheart, wife, sister or other 
relative with kin at the. front hearing this broadcast who didn't 
realize how momentous was the occasion; that here -was being recorded 
a notable document for the archives. ■• 

And of equal significance, NBC has demonstrated through this broad- 
cast put on in cooperation with the American Jewish Committee, just 
how powerful an instrument for good radio can emerge in the post- 
war world.: "'.".- .>■•?•:'■•.:'• .V' .:•'■■':-" ■ :.''<-' Rost. 



Mntual Problems Tough Ass^ment 
AsKobak Takes Over 'Mr. Fixit' Role 



With Ed Kobak stepping into the 
Mutual presidency on Nov. 20, as 
successor to Miller McClintock, .gen- 
eral impression in the, trade is that 
this is the opportunity long-awaited 
for MBS to climb aboard the major 
network bandwagon and at least put 
up a stiff fight to climb out of cellar 
position. The trade is not unmind- 
ful of the hangup sales job Kobak 
turned in as exec veep.ee of the 
Blu«. prior to the emergence of 
diet. U Roche at the Blue helm, 
with a large measure : of the credit 
for the net's $40,000,000 billings it'll 
rack up for 1944 laid to the Kobak 
technique. Thus it's felt that, given 
a free, rein and able to surround 
himself with key men possessing a 
deep understanding' and apprecia- 
tion of the Kobak .technique. . Mu- 
tual'* headed for better days. 

For one thing, the principal stock- 
holders, canvassed by telephone on 
Kobak's ascendancy as MBS prexy. 
were unmistakable in registering 
enthusiasm over the choice- Spec- 
ulation is rife, of course,, as to who 
will step in as veepee and general 
manager of the network, a post long 

. vacant arid one which, obviously, 
will figure prominently in; the new- 
Mutual setup. 
Too. it's no secret that Kobak is 

• stepping into a situation: that'll; re- 
quire diplomacy as well as unusual 
administrative -talents '.in •' 'hurdling 
existing obstacles. And if he's' to 
emerge as Mutual's "Mr. Fixit" 
there, are internal bickerings, fric- 
tion and gripes to be ironed out, 
(.Continued on page 26 J 



Accidental Prophesy 

By one of those unaccountable 
mechanical quirks, "Variety," 
as early as last March, inadvert- 
ently called the shot on the 
switchover of Ed Kobak from 
the Blue network to head up 
Mutual. •";• ' ■ i' .- ; '- : 

Both Kobak and Miller Mc- 
Clintock, who is stepping down 
as NBC prexy; were recipients 
of Variety"; Showraanageme.nt 
plaques awarded seven months 
ago. Through a slip, in the night 
that could be laid at the door of 
an overworked, tired, makeup 
roan, the caption on the Kobak . 
citation was shoved into the 
Mutual spot, and vice versa, 
.'■ But the "prophetic" error only 
works one way, for we still 
don't think McC'lintock's headed 
for the Blue: ' '-. 



Y&R Reshuffles 
Radio Division 



With the appointment of Gordon 
Gates, veepee of Young & Rub.icam, 
as general manager of the agency's 
radio division, and several more key 
men slated for appointment in the 
near future, Y&R is overhauling the 
department structure. Move is de- 
signed -to. discard the old setup 
. whereby the. agency's radio toppers 
spread themselves over too much_ of 
the operation. Now that Y&R has 
some 30-odd shows, with its attend- 
ant additional burdens it's felt 'a new 
kind of administration is. necessary 
whereby the business end . will be 
divorced completely from the .".cre- 
ative" or programming setup. .: '. 

As -g,m. of radio. Gates will' ad- 
minister business activities with 
ttarry Ackerman, recently ap- 
pointed veepee .in charge, of program 
operations, supervising the creative 
functions. ■'■ Former classification' of 
director of radio held , by Tom Har- 
rington is- being dropped entirely. 
Joe Moran, associate director, will 
supervise both talent and commer- 
cial departments, with Carlos 
Franco, also an; associate' director, 
heading, up station relations, and' 
time buying. - ' ■'•' '.':*.-■:> 

It's similarly felt , that in separat- 
ing the administrative and. pro- 
.grammi.ng ends, it will. free more of 
YAR's creative personnel for work 
of that nature. 

Cates joined the contact staff at 
Y&R in 1939, and was appointed a 
veepee. in 1942. Previously he was 
associated with' > McCann-Erickson 
and Fuller & Smith & Rqss. 



Boff Setting By 
LaRoche Downs 
Revolt Threat 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Threatened '"open revolt" of the 
Blue network's. Station .Advisory 
Committee ~at their, meeting here last 
week was staved off after a stormy 
all-day .session at the Drake hotel 
attended by ail the web brass hats. 
Chiefs-beef of the affiliates was that! 
the New York execs have been tear-, 
ihg (he net apart for weeks without 
: so much as- a by-your leave Or 
j even informing them of what was 
' going on. .: 

[', Resignation of Ed Kobak was. the 
; bombshell that forced the Blue's 
j owners and managers to appear be- 
I fore the representatives of the affil- 
iates to explain their plans for the 
• future. Even the eloquent declara- 
V tion of policy by Chet LaRoche 
meant little until the execs prom- 
ised, to consult the affiliates in the 
futiire in.:_ any major moves .'that 
might a'tttc'i_0v2_ network. 
. LaRoche undoubtedly put on the 
most brilliant sales talk of his 
career, talking for almost 'three- 
hours on plans, to bolster the Blue 
into a position where. It could com- 
pete on even, lei ms with the two 
top networks. Major part of La- 
Roche's talk . was taken up with 
discussion of the new policy of 
programming, he had inaugurated in 
an effort to eliminate many of the 
low, rating shows, Exec took the 
position that the , network has' as 
mueh -at stake- in .gelling, good shows 
as the- sponsor ot the agency, that 
fh; net. was willing to work on im- 
proving various shows, but, that in 
cases where (he sponsor took the 
position that- the program was doing 
a job in spite .of Ipw . fating and 
hence wanted no" changes made, the 
network , would, in all", likelihood 
throw the show off the network. 

New York, brass hats feel it's ap- 
parent, that if th'ey have, strong 
enough shows.- listeners will turn 
their dials to catch them regardless 
of the network.- This, is the major 
, (Continued on. page 26/ .--'•'• 



ISEE BLUE ACTION 
I 





By GEORGE ROSEN 

- The old-fashioned set-up in net-' 
work program departments which 
amounted to a one-head-man-and- 
riobody-else system so far as author- 
ity -was concerned seems to be pass- 
ing out gradually. It started at CBS 
when Doug Coulter named the heads 
of his five major divisions, William 
Fineshriber, Robert J. Landry, Paul 

White, Lyman Bryson and James 
Fassett, to be executive supervisors 
with authority over program quality, 
including studio direction. 

Now the Blue network has ap- 
pointed four supervisors, Jack 
Byrne, Bob' Wamboldt, Henry Cox 
and George Brengel, who, although; 
of lesser organizational importance 
compared to the CBS supervisors, 
each of whom has a large personal 
staff of assistants, are. still endowed 
with real power: The move further 
recognizes the: new basic principle 
of "supervision''*.. 

Chester J. LaRoche and Adrian 
Samish are said to have been shock- 
ed when moving into the Blue to 
discover that on many Blue pro- 
grams there was no executive au- 
thority between Phillips Carlin, the 
Vice president, and. the production 
man (assistant director) who stop- 
watched the show. This meant the 
man: in actual charge lacked real 
authority, in his own right and was 
too far away from the boss to.. have 
ready access to him . 

The "gap" between everyday pro- 
gram operations and the vice presi- 
dent in charge of programs has been 
fairly notorious in, the past. It often 
meant that the program veepee did 
one of two things < a). .he kept him- 
self partly secluded in order to do 
his own work Or lb) he tried to 
keep an open' door to -everybody,, 
which meant he knocked himself out 
from, sheer excess of detail — a busi- 
ness vice in a vice president. Either 
way, it was always pretty, obvious 
that the networks' program veepees 
should have been six guys instead of 
one. CBS and the. Blue seem to , be 
acting ori the hunch that bringing in 
or designating six other guys to take 
off the pressure is a good thing. In 
practical effect it means': that studio 
directors, more and more will report 
to executive supervisors acting on 
behalf of the head man, ; 

It's unlikely that any network 
will altogether abolish the practice 
of • having some percentage of sus- 
talners handled by assistant direct- 
ors.. But the expectation is that a 
larger percentage will have full- 
fledged directors in the. studio and 
that a larger percentage of all pro- 
grams will be "supervised." 



NBC in the Market for $25,000-a-Year 
Exec to Head Hypoed Research Divish 



Practice Sessions 

Blue network announcers have 
been 'ordered to pick up scripts 
for news broadcasts at least 15 
minutes before airtime: in order 
to acquaint themselves with 
tricky pronunciation of cities and 
personalities involved in the 
war. 

Policy was put into effect re- 
cently when 'tbo many com- 
plaints began reaching web 
N. Y, headquarters that news- 
casters were mispronouncing 
names and places of foreign 
origin. -A,'', 



For Non-Serial 
Daytime Strip 

General Electric is entering the 
daytime radio picture in a big: way 
with an approximate $1,500,000 ear- 
marked for: five half-hour afternoon 
shows a week. It's one of the top- 
budgeted ventures into daytime pro- 
gramming for a single strip show, 
with Young & Rubicam this week 
auditioning a program for the client 
on the .Coast. • . -• 

GE splurge into the daytime pic- 
ture holds even further-significance, 
however, in that, it marks an ambi- 
tious effort to move in oh the almost 
solid daytime serial front : with a 
show .of the nori-hangover: variety. 
Show being auditioned will have an 
audience participation gimmick with 
Art Linkletler, emcee of the "Peo- 
ple Are Funny" show,- heading up 
the stanza. '/';;'•• 

GE is currently represented by the 
Sunday night Phil Spitalrty "Hour of 
Charm" NBC show, and the ftve- 
night-a-week "The World Today" 
strip on CBS . 



♦ NBC is in the market for a top 
man in the research field, with th« 
network reportedly dangling- a vee- 
pee title and a $25,000-a-year pay- 
check as bait when the right guy 
comes along. Move is regarded as 
prelude to web's aim to bolster its 
research activities and set up a sep- 
arate division topped by the incom- 
ing, director of research,, ■' '. .'■ .'-*-..■• 

Move would take research activi- 
ties out of. the hands of Charles Pi 
Hammond, director of advertising 
and promotion for NBC, with th« 
new director reporting directly to 
Frank Mullen, exec veepee and man- 
agerial factotum- for. the web.. 

Move for research division to op- 
erate as a separate entity reportedly 
came from Hammond himself, latter 
feeling that the appointment -Of a 
director and the separate function- 
ing of a research division operating 
directly under Mullen would make 
for -more effective operation and 
web . , toppers concurring. As it's 
presently set up,. NBC has a research 
manager, Barry Rumple, who oper- 
ates under Hammond's supervision. 
Preceding- Rumple in the post was 
Hugh Beville. who went into the 
service; ' : -'.-'' • J : >:; '•■-'-'. •'■-.'•:: 



GEORGIA GIBBS LOOKS 
FOR CAMEL COIN HYPO 

Georgia Gibbs is threatening.' to 
check off the Jimmy Durante-Garry 
Moore Friday night Camel show at 
the expiration of her present -con- 
tract, with the sponsor anxious to 
pact her to a' new three-year term, . 

Songstress, however," Is being 
wooed away' with an attractive con- 
tract offer and wants her present 
boss to. express his satisfaction via 
the coin hypo route. :•: ;"'.'-■■ 



film-Based Shows Sing Blues As 
Upped Price Tags Force A.K. Diet 



Those pix adaptation shows (Lux 
"Radio Theatre." et al) that rely on 
sol id film faV'e for high rating payoff 
are - beginning . to sing the blues 
-When the film studios moved some 
time ago to. discourage.:, network 
airers by slapping those almost pro- 
hibitive price tags oh radio adapta- 
tion rights, they werwi'.t kidding. 
And those early - predictions that, 
they would not-only prove a source 
ot annoyance, but would jeopardize 
the- standing of the airers . are being 
confirmed' to pome .degree. 

The Lux "Theatre'' Monday night 
CBS airer , for -one, which .has a 
$1,000 ceiling earmarked for such 
adaptation rights, appears to-be on a 
bromo-diet trying to line up strong 
film material. But the good ; Ones 
are the exception .and when a ''Dr. 
Wassell," . for instance, conies -its 
way, -it's, not because the film studios 
have eased down in their desire to 
keep them, off the air, -but because, 
in the case of Wassell." .which. was 
presented on Oct. 23, it was produced 



for Pai-amounl by Cecil B, deMille, 
who major domos the Liix airer;. .. 

As a result, there's been a succes- 
sion of oldies, w'eakies and revivals 
as reflected in such recent adapta- 
tions as ''Seventh Heaven," "Lucky 
Partners," "In Old' Chicago," "Sus- 
piciou" (now almost a perennial); 
r'S'fentHrig Room Only," etc. On the 
theory - that a big enough name: can 
counteract' weak story material/ the 
pilch for top stars continues, but the 
feeling .still pre', ails generally that 
"it s the -story that counts." 
" Attitude of the studios, of course, 
in /trying to cl'arnp down on adapta- 
tion of pix that are still in first run 
and secondary' houses, is : that the air- 
ers will uHin'ialoly re'fletCthemselves 
in poorer pix grosses. But radio still 
counters with the opposite, view- 
point: . that surveys .reveal such 
adaptations upgrade the b.o.; take. 
'. The fact- remains, however, that 
you can't romance the studio, moguls 
anymore. The agency boys have 
learned that you either put-up: the 
skyrocketed costs— or settle for one 
of the oldies. '- ,V .'.'-"-..- -■' 



'Star Time' Show 
Dropped by RKO 

"Hollywood Star Time," five-times 
a week afternoon strip show on the 
Blue, was cancelled by its sponsor, 
RKO-Radio Fri. (27). Show, which 
originates on the RKO lot, Winds 
up in four weeks, when it will have 
completed 26 weeks on the air. ■ '•'.,. 

Reason given for the show's can- 
cellation is that the film company 
didn't feel program was doing a sat- 
isfactory ballyhoo job for RKO pic- 
tures. This was held to be espe- 
cially true in view of the program 
costs, annual time bill running to 
the million mark. 

Debut pf "Star Time" met with con- 
siderable trade interest, marking a 
new use Of radio for film exploita- 
tion, Hollywood producers hereto- 
fore having, relied mainly on spot 
announcements, plus film star guest 
bookings, to bally their product. 
Question now raised by, failure of 
"Time" to deliver is whether fre- 
quency-type air shows represent the 
proper radio approach for the film 
industry. Only one other major pro 
ducer is making similar use of radio, 
M-G-M, which has "Screen Test." on 
Mutual. . ' .:-. 

■ Advertising reps of RKO say the 
company is not washed up with 
radio because of the "Time", de- 
bacle, but- that future coin probably 
will be spent only via spot announce, 
ment campaigns. - This practice will 
enable the company, to pick its fi.ims, 
markets and air times to lend pro- 
motional emphasis when, and where, 
it's, most nqeded. . It's held that this 
tailor-made use of radio is belter 
adapted to the special selling prob- 
lems Involved in the film biz, 

RKO agency on: "Time" is Foot*, 
Cone & fielding.. 



'GAY 90'S' FORMAT FOR 
NEW P&G NBC PROGRAM 

' ■ A "Gay Nineties" type of show is 
slated to hit the air Nov. 11 on NBC 
for ■ Procter & Gamble. Account, 
through the Bio w agency, has the 3 
p'.TO; slot on NBC Saturdays, starting 
Ntjv, 11, and 8:30 to. 8:55 on CBS, 
starting Nov. 25:. - 

Talent includes Charlie, Winninger 
arid Beatrice Kay, with Margaret Le— 
werth scripting, Al Rinker joint 
Biow's staff to produce. Orch leader 
has not been set yet. . ;..?•'■'.: 

Oldster reviie will precede P.&G.'s. 
"Truth or Consequences" on NBC, 
with the 8:30 show on CBS meaning 
that P.&G. Will be competing against 
-itself. ' . , ' ' . .. ' .:.: : 



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RADIO 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, November J, 1911 



♦♦♦♦♦♦ ♦ ■♦♦♦■»♦* 



From the Production Centres 



. rf+>«« «♦♦♦♦ + < 



iM york c/rr . . . 

Maroella Cisney, who did directing during 'the 'post summer at WMCA, K 
now with Little Theatre, tit Jacksonville, Fia. .- Hub Robinson and ; Stah 
J<we)oft. leave Y&R the same day and report at Blue as. ;» two-act,. .Nor, 
■ftOod Chamberlin, freelance writer who keeps track, clicked oft his 5,200th 
wdip script last week, Roy Laiigham ol CBS did a quickie •to,Wa.4)'togioh 
Jii.st week . Earle Larimore, a victim of hotel priorities, has been, at. Hud- 
koa, Wellington,' Algonquin, in ;laj>t four weeks while playing CBS' "This 
Life Is Mine.''' :',;••■ Si,.;.. ; =";' • ■••;:' "'";: .', " ■ '■'■':'* '"'• :-'.:'! »' .' .'. ">.:■"'■" i- 

Leslie C. Fitzgerald, lormerly of WFDF, Flint, Mich , has joined nn- 
noiihein'g staff of. WOVi Wounded diiring action in the South Pacific, 
he recently w-a.s released, from the Ai-mf ' . . S/8C, CBS and Blue are. 
itao'ying programs to submit ito Pea bbdv ' Awards judges, foe 15)44 
Michael Fiizmauriee will be out. of "This Lite is Mine" , for a tune; while 
Jim Theatre Guild show breaks in out of town ... :Mai \. Loco directing 
•"Romance." although vacationing from CBS staff, cuiiently .Radio'eh- 
t'iiieer Charles Holden sold script to CBS . Casey, 'Press Photographer V ... 
JOis. William N. Robsoiv expects in November 

Gertrude ("Goldberg?-) Berg celebrates 15 years in radio next month, , , .. 
Bob Stephens, former radio editor of Die N Y. Post, who |ust relumed 
Jrosi a year overseas with the Red Cro.-s,. now.^doing publicity with -the 
.J'ob'h Price Jones office. . , .Larry Slieiifield, of Doherty, Clifford & Shen- 
itleld, Coasting Nov 8 for the Giacie. Fields preein. Chct MacCracken, of 
the te.me office, back in N.Y. last week, after lining up writing, direction 
talent (or the show . . . .Stan Lomax, of WOR. has, picked 71 Winners bri Bp 
tries. . lie counts ties in the loss column . . . Bob Shepaid, WOR stair/an- 



nouncer, quitting to freelance. He'll spiel tire Sammy KayeVTahgee show 
oyer the Blue, ,, Kay Vernon has been signed by WHN lor the "Gloom 
Dodger" .program; She'll appear six limes, a wmt, doing three vocals on 
each show . : .Norman Blackburn,, talent buyer f6r the J. Waiter Thomp- 
son Hollywood office, trained back to the Coast this week. " • 

Tony Leader. NBC producer, has been assigned to direct "The Eternal 
Light" series, put on U) cooperation 'With the Jewish Theological Seminary 
\ . . rChesSet M, Campbell, 2nd v.p. and director of WGN, Chi, elected to 
i Mutual board of directors last w eek (25 1. ,, Ella Mae Morse guesting on 
I Jerry Lawrences platter ..stanza -Friday (.3)... , Connie Lembcke .signed to 
| a running -dialect part as a German gal m "Portia Faces Life, " She's cur- 
rently holding down a straight role in "Goldbergs" . . .Harry Wismer . of 
j the Blue selected for second straight-year by the -Sporting News as nation's 
j outstanding spoi ls gabber. -Blowout at Toots* Shor's for a w'ard present a- 
j lion to be aired over Blue tentatively set for- next week (9) .. .Wife of 
Bob Sehmid, Mutual promotion head, is now national radio head of Bundles 
I lor America Bonus checks, to employees in the armed services have 
I been mailed by Pedlar & Ryan, GI's will get. them fn time for Xnias . ; . 
George Crandall making hie pleasant for the boys covering the Dewey vs. 
Roosevelt frav \ la the CBS Open House' at the Barberry Room election 

■night;-'-'- ;. : ! '>i..>---/-,;-^ .'" -:'..;>V;*.V."(-..'-. 

/A CHICAGO . 

Buuidge Butter WLS piexy, left for his winter home in Ari/onn :last 
week. ..." ,'The.- Cadets." singing quartet, join the. "Musical, Milk Wagon." 
program this week Arthur Hale, Mutual commentator, m town for a 
week Patsy Montana back on the "National Barn Dance" after several 
years absence .. .Walter Preston made his second trip ea->t in two weeks 
•to sell "Presenting Michael Scott," WBBM sustainei . .. .Fletcher Wiley, 
producer of the Housewives Protective League shows in' town, on his way 
:east, f i. Hoosier Hot Shots, "National Barn Dance" trio, to make a series of 
eight SlioPts for Columbia Pictures .. .Call Stanton, Radio Director of 
- - f • (Continued on page 30) , 



strenuous 

>«»r» for media, for clients and, perhaps, .particularly for you as agencies. 
Overnight many of your clients' sales problems, advertising problems ami 
distribution problems have reversed themselves completely. 



"if ANY clients with war orders have hat] Wjie 
l'J. budgets, but no ••-consumer merchandise 
to sell. Clients not in war production have 
Mil curtailed budgets, and have been restricted 
from producing enough to meet the demand 
their advertising created. 

In other fields Advertising has had to move 
merchandise and still retain the good will of 
ifotributors operating at the disadvantage of 
. merchandise scarcity. ■■■'■// V.----''^ 

But alert advertising -.inen are looking ahead, 
now, to the perhaps not-too-distant day when a 
Seller's Market will evaporate— when Avar ex- 
panded production facilities will be ready to 
turn out the needs of a eiM"liaTreTOfroin)^-when 
yoanufacturers will be bending every effort 
to: rehabilitate their dislribiithe oi»ani/alions. 



This is a challenge which Advertising wel- 
comes . . . It must not only create demand 
equal to our greater production capacity and 
provide, for adequate distribution, it must also 
be productive itself. It must add to the sum 
total of the national, wealth and the standard 
of living, by bringing more of the good things 
of life to more people. 

Today— you are proud of your clients and 
their \var records. Tomorrow --will they be 
equally, proud of your peacetime advertising 
achievements? This is a problem that must be 
met squarely and honestly., 

We «re thinking about the problem here, 
-planning and doing things, so that we will be 
ready when the time comes to help you do 
your .pofcl-war job better. 



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Blue Reports Up 
Alt Along Line 

Blue network, evening web op- 
tional ' time .is S2'"o sold , while: 71-.',1) 
of the web's optional time cUirmg 
the day is sponsored, accoi-ding tp a 
report covering the progress of the 
Blue for the first nine months of 
1944 as compiled by web itsearch- 
ei:s. ■)':'.■>■' '■»-.■:" -_',.' ,V'."., : - ,'■'.'.'''.'"•'• ::' 
i • During the first nine months this 
year the network lis-, added or con- 
tracted for 33 new national adver- 
-ttsers, while four sponsors have aug- 
mented their program schedule by 
buying additional lime lor new pro- 
grams. These latter include Serutan, 
which has bought newscasts by Don 
Gardiner in addition to- -its Sunday 
night: Drew Pearson eommenlar.y; 
Bristol-Myers adding the O-racie 
Fields half-hour show to its Alan 
Young stanza; Quaker Oats with 
Aunt Jemima in addition to "Terry 
and the Pirates" stripper, and the 
Kellogg Co. with the .lack Berch 
musical across-the-board in addition 
to three other .Kellogg-sponsortd 
shows, ■•:'. '''..- ''?:'.'',-:'' ' ..*'''; ■'■'' ■'•'.-• 

Currently, according to i he report, 
there are nine Blue. advertisers spon- 
soring two network progtiuns each. 
Ford sponsors three, while the Kel- 
logg Co. is the largest network cus- 
tomer with four dayume quarter- 
hour programs, . each heard Ave 
times per week. 

. During October, . 1944, , total rium'ber 
of sponsored hours on the network 
(daytime, nighttime and P«cifio 
Coast) amount lo 8.8S0 hours per 
week* which is a 113 'i increase over 
October, 1943. at which time the 
figure was 4, 162 hours per week. 

In October, 1944, the Blue has 41 
niglitlime. commercial programs us- 
ing an average of J45 stations per 
program, a 3.7 % .increase over * 
year ago, when 31 . shows were- ear- 
ned by an average : of 108. stations. 
In October, 1944, the Blue has 33 
daytime commercial stanzas using 
an average Of 163 stations per pro- 
gram, a 51 "r increase over * year 
ago. when 17 daytime stmts used an 
average of 108. stat ions each. 



AFRA, Webs Seen Agreeing 
On Modified Pay Boosts, 



Progress is being made in nego- 
tiations on the new A fR A Contract 
with some of the networks and sta- 
tions involved having signed til* 
previously agreed-on stipulation. 
Document sets, up nt.'KOtiat Ions- on 
the individual demands marie by 
AFRA, but these confyhs are being 
held up until all the nece-sary aig- 
nalures are affixed to. the. stipulation.. 

Stipulation rs, virluul-ly, a .tw>o- 
year renewal of the present con- 
tract. Subject to maiSi" changes to 
be made in the form ol addenda ap- 
plying to N Y.. Qhicauo -and Los -An- 
geles;;' : ';;;//;''^:.-, y v; -. * ': ,}:■■■, ■; 

AFRA and the webs are reported 
Hearing a compromise on one of the 
demands made -by the .union, calling 
for actor billing on half hour jind 
longer shows, Settl'M.ient -lS-saicL.to 
call for billing only to leads and 
principals, but not to minor players. 

Also staled, that a compromise on 
the salary boosts the union has 
asked for will be reached, AFRA 
has asked for 10% pay hikes, with a 
somewhat smaller but neverthe- 
less 'sizable, boost to be granted. 

Negotiations .on the .network deal 
recessed last Friday but are to re- 
sume . today , ( Wednesday) Confabs 
with the transcription firms start 
Friday (3). : . * - ' ;.:;'.'■' : ■' •'''■'' •' 



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fort Wayne — Farnswoi'.th Tele- 
Visioir and Radio Corp. s Fort Wayne 
plant has been- awarded the Army- 
Navy "E" flag.'.; . : :J : - 




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the theatre* 

COMMISSIONER VALENTINE 
w New York's Finest" for their 



the theatre* 



Gratefully, 




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Wednesday, November 1, 1914 



Straus, WMCA, Working on Pub Service 
Platter Network for Indie Stations 



A transcription network o£ .jnjrt'e- 
pendent stations, airing public ser- 
vice programs on a swap basis, is.,a 
plan now being , worked 'on '; by 
Nathan Straus, owner- of .WMCA, 
N. Y. indie.. In addition to the wax 
■network idea, plan also provides for 
the stations to' be linked by .land 
lines for. simultaneous airing , .of ma- 
jor news events when such :pceasipns' 
arise."' •■; , - : . . !_•'. '/■:'■■ 

Idea for a "news' event" network 
almost mate) soiized l.tst June, for 
the invasion of Europe WMCA xt 
that time, had ananged . with some 
300 iiid.es to hook up for D- Day news 
coverage.. WMCA'.havIng obtained .a 
news fecti f:-6:« BBC. Deal which 
called for cooperative payment; of 
the lines involved, fell through when 
jack of t me aid not pei .nit plans 
to be completed, Since then, how- 
ever, many ' of the -stat ions have re- 
peated their desire to participate in 
Mich an arrangement,". if.'.aJi'd, when. : . 

Straus'- idea for. the \Vax. web s-s 
that the public service type of- pro- 
gram on which WMCA is now con- 
centrating, is the only way indies 
can compete With big name pro- 
grams -offered, by the webs. An ex- 
change: of platters of such programs, 
.however, as envisioned, cannot be 



completed . now because , of the Pe- 
triUd recording ban, but among 
.shows WMCA will offer, when the 
platter stall is settled, will be "New 
World A Comiir," "Lei's Listen to 
a "Story," ■.'•Inquiring Parent,*' child 
psychology show, -.and the .station's 
series on adult education. Latter 
preoms Nov. .16. ;Swap deals, will be 
worked Out so. that original 1,0ns of 
other stations, will be 'citoulat.ee! 
among members of the chain. 

Another program WMCA. hopes to 
offer its wav afliiiarcs will be the 
ai> mgs of Congressional debates. 
Station has several plans on the fire 
for such a scries, pending action on 
the Pepper Bill, recently introduced, 
to approve mikes in both houses of 
Congress. ' •■' '-'".,, - - /'.'•; 



2-Man Newspaper 

Leon Goldstein, news head of 
WMCA, N,V., has five brothers 
,ni the service scattered on sll 
fronts. It makes letter writing 
tough on Leon and another civil- 
ian, brother. 

So every Sunday they get to- 
gether and type out a family 
"newspaper", using regular daily, 
format, "stories" containing 
family news and gossip, etc. It's 
airmailed to the fighting Gold- 
steins, .;'■":;■'. ." ■':•■■'.'". '.•■''..", 
. Thev call it the "Goldstein 

Bugle." . .:.".:•■'■■•■..;' vi-- 



NEWCOMERS TO KPAC 

. Port Arthur, Oct. 31. 

Dale C. Rogers has assumed 'duties, 
as commercial manager of KPAC. 
He's a Marine Corps" vet. Jack 
Daugherty has been named program 
director, coming here from KGO, 
San, Francisco. 

Sam Leavitt formerly with WBIR, 
Knoxwlle,Jia£_been named chief an- 
nouncer.. ;■;- .'.'■ '-. -"".- ';., '. • 



DEMMY'S ELECTION EVE 
BROADCAST BY CORWIN 

Norman Corwin shoved off for the 
Coast "last Saturday (28) to handle 
production chore on Democratic 
party's four-network shows to be 
aired from Hollywood election 
eve -in,', the .10 to 11 p.. m. eastern 
time. slot. ■■' ■.' •.;-.••: , ' '•■'.- ':'--."■■ ; ' 

Format for the firing of the last 
gun of the campaign by the Dems 
will be decided by party toppers and 
Corwin after he contacts talent on 
his arrival out there. 



San Antonio.— Following three 
years absence from WOAI, Ken Mc- 
Clure, veteran .dean of Texas news- 
casters has returned to the post of 
news chief. » desk ' he founded in 
1935. McClure also will handle pub- 
lic, relations for the station. 



Show Biz Names Dropped 
From Bond Platters To 
Allow Sponsorship Deals 

Washington, Oct. 31. 

It is no accident that show biz big 
names were dropped from the plat- 
ters included in the. Treasury Kit 
for broadcast stations ' during the 
coming Sixth War Loan. 

First three drives featured, discs 
by lop stage and screen people, but 
they were not locally sponsorable 
because the stars were, generally al- 
ready under .-radio contract. Result 
is, that many of the local radio, out- 
lets passed them .up- in favor fit 
something that : would bring in 

revenue; • - ' V. ■'•■■;•?.- . ..•.■-'-; ',■ -• ''•-' 
Beginning with the Fourth War 
Loan, Treasury started to i taper off. 
On the fancy names and the result 
was that little stations, With a chance 
to get sponsors for Treasury tran- 
scriplion-^, . went out -and sold them 
to advertisers. , This . - is the real 
reason there are no non-sponsorable 
transcriptions for the Sixth drive 
and -why Treasury material will be 
more widely used on the air than 
ever before., . .- ,' /•;'' . "'■■;' ... 

Meantime, the Treasury is assured 
that the big radio stars, will give 
plenty of bond plugs on their reg- 
ular programs, so that their bond- 
selling talents will not be wasted. 




"Sunday at 4:}0," sponsored by The First National Bank 
g>f Boston, being broadcast over WBZ'frbin the Boston 
Opera House, nhicli seats 3,000 people. The program is 
an WBZ for a half-hour with a half-hour carry-over for 
the benefit of the studio audience. Entire hour is carried 
on WB'/.-FM. A symphonic orchestra of 45 pieces Kith 
Arthur Fiedler conducting.. Boston's largest live-talent 
fiiiigHini.. presented by an advertiser ■ new to radio. 



fiiE First National Bank, of Boston 
<X<:w England's oldest and largest 
banking institution) and its advertising 
agency i, Batten, Barton, Durstine & 
Osborn) wanted a d ign'i lied type of pi o- 
. gvattt. . something of network quality 
to be broadcast locally. 

WBZ supplied the idea and produced 
the program called "Sunday at 4:30," 
•which bids fair to set a new high in nort- 
lie't work broadcasts. The ban k s deposit ors 



clamor for tickets to the opera house each 
week, which is filled before air time. 

The First National Bank of Boston is 
one of the country's 10 largest, with 
branches in Latin America, and 22 offices 
in Boston alone. WBZ is proud to co- 
operate with the sponsor, and the agency 
. . pleased to bring such a program to 
countless music-lovers in New England. 



Information on ofUef. >.t; ■mlnhilitirs //«/«»'; KB'jSj Spat Sales 



WESTINGHOUSE RADIO STATIONS Ifie 

KYW • KDfCA v WOWO • WGL • WBZ • W B 2 A 



Chi 3Rs Confab 
Leaves FM Alone 



...'.-/ ...;■■ Chicago, Oct. 31. 

In the face of FFC demands for 
definite commitments from educators, 
Essential if the 'FCC is to bold FM 
frequencies open lor them, teachers 
attending the School Broadcasting 
Conference here last week accom- 
plished little more at their eighth 
annual confab than they have, in the 
past, few years. Only really healthy 
sign noted by some educators and 
radio people, aware of possibilities 
of education, by radio, "was the urge 
of most conventioneers to start edu- 
eating teachers in basic uses of radio 
in. classroo ms, spin et h in g t h a ', should 
have been accomplished long ago 
it's generally agreed. Concern over 
the enormous , promotional job yet to 
be done, was cued by surprising ig- 
norance of the. subject, displayed by 
many in open forums.. ' . 

One femmc network rep whose 
job keeps her- on the road year 
round pointed out from the . side- 
lines that teachers attending the con- 
fab were, no - more ".ignorant' than: 
types she has met in. the provinces 
who are still treating radio as. they - 
would an electric toaster. Instead 
of making it part of their every- 
day. lives, many, brag -about never 
listening in, forgetting, that, their 
pupils have never known a world 
without radio, '•■whereas they, them- 
selves, have been gradually acquir- 
ing a taste for it. Common enthu- 
siasm, she declared, has to be; built 
before anyone can plan a sensible 
campaign. ">'?;•■'.- '"• •'. 

Besides the promotional .job to : be 
done among teachers, one school 
radio station director soffo voie'd 
that many of them, figuring too wide 
a usage will throw ihem out of jobs,, 
will have to learn hot to be Hfraid 
of the "new idea." .'.' 

Despite all the plugging for "new 
techniques in educational broad- 
casting" at Hhe meeting,, consensus 
seenis to be that new opportunities 
brought on by K,V1 in the postwar 
period \vil.l .create a junk . .heap of 
educational programs unless trainers 
themselves are trained,; and pronto!- 



'Friendly Neighbor' Policy 
Spots Canada's Yal Clare 
On 2- Way War Assignment 

Detroit,. Oct. 31. 
Val Clare, news editor and. news- 
caster for CKLW, Windsor; Out., is 
enroute to the European war lhe«tr« 
to perform a dual service. Accord- 
ing to J. E.-Cairipeau'j managing di- 
rector of the station, Clare will in- 
terview and report on the activities 
of the .famous Essex-ScolUsh regi- 
ment, and others front Windsor, «s 
well as -Americans, from Detroit, just 
across the. 'river: from the Canadian 
station. .' .'■■: 

. "It is .'expected.''' Campeau iaid, 
"that a portion i of Clare's reports 
will include transcribed interviews 
with Windsor and Detroit' men o di- 
rect from the fronts '' 

In a sense. Clare's trip is a. home- 
coming, for lie was born near Lon- 
don where he plans a reunion', with 
members ot his family he has not 
seen since 1926, Clare served with 
the Canadian Army in the last war. 
His itinerary will include Italy, 
where one of his sons was killed in 
action a. few weeks ago. 



SEATTLE SEGUES 

Seattle Oct. 3): 
Murray Eoggs, . formerly \ at KVI, 
Tacoma , : i s now amiou nc in g »i KIRO 
here, and Zena Peterson is now in 
the continuity dept. ..at the Seattle 
CBS outlet. King Mitchell, formerly 
salesman there, has ..gone to KTBI, 
Tacoma. ,- . .. ■- ; - 
.Harry Jordan, ncWsc.asler,' for- 
merly KOMO-K.JR, is now directing 
news and special events for KEVR. 
Seattle. New announcer at KBVR 
is Don Porter, formerly with KFWB, 
Hollywood: 



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JAN RUBINI 

World ruinous Violinist _ OnvltH'f <>r 




Wednesday, .November 1, 1944 



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Some OF THE many newsmakers who have accepted Time's invitation to 
'appear on the March of Time and tell America the story of the news they helped to 
make. We hope* you will listen as future newsmakers broadcast their stories over 
the microphones of THE MARCH OF TIME (sponsored by the editors of Time) 








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Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



Frazier's Figures to FCC Show 540 AM 
Bands Will Reach 54% of Home Radios 



Washington, Oct, 31, 

About 54' ; of all existing home 
radio receivers are capable of pick- 
ing up a standard broadcast at 540 
kc. and 1 -l can probably pick up 
AM broadcasts in the 530 kc band, 
Howard ; S. Frazier, chairman of 
Panel 4 of the Radio Technical 
Planning Board, reported to the FCC 
last Thursday (26). 

Issue came up at the beginning of 
current hearings on frequency allo- 
cations, because FCC has under con- 
sideration a proposal to add. the 540 
and 530 bands to standard's share of 
the spectrum, in order to provide 
channels for more AM broadcast 
stations. ■ 

Witnesses at that time estimated 
that a "substantial" share of the 
receivers were equipped so that 
they could pick up 540 kc. but that 
probably less than 1% could tune in 
lower than that on the spectrum. 

Frazier. appearing again at a fre- 
quency allocation hearing, presented 
these facts after a survey made dur- 
ing the past two weeks: 

1. There are about 46,275,000 sets 
in operation* exclusive of automo- 
bile radios, v 

2. Of the sets built since 1939, 
about 71?; can tune in on 540 kc. 
Of all sets, about 54 percent can 
pick up the 540 band. 

3. Of sets built since 1939, about 
18.% can get 530 kc. and about 14% 
of all sets, including the pre-1939 
models can get that frequency. 

4. There are about 9,000,000 auto- 
mobile receivers in the hands of the 



public and all built and sold in and 
since 1939. can pick up 540 kc. About 
62 percent of all automobile re- 
ceivers can tune in on that fre- 
quency. 

Frazier claimed that because of 
many homes having more than one 
set, it is likely that the large ma- 
jority of homes have at least one 
capable of picking up 540, 

*'I am confident." he concluded, 
"that most, manufacturers will pro- 
duce sets capable of tuning the ex- 
tended band if such action is taken 
by the Commission prior to the re- 
sumption of broadcast receiver man- 
ufacture." 



Kobak 

Continued from .page-, %\ 

not to mentioii resentment among a 
number of affiliates- who question 
the wisdom of a N. Y. affiliate 
(WOR) playing a dominant role, in 
network policy that must affect their 
own stations. , These affiliate station 
men feel that perhaps in Kobak may 
lie the answer to Mutual emerging 
as a guiding network spirit by 
eradicating the "misplaced dom- 
inance" between Mutual and WOR, 
with the network "merely acting as 
a buffer between stations," as one 
affiliate member put it. 

All has not been harmonious be- 
tween the sales and program de- 
partments, it's known, with Jess 
Barnes, who succeeded Ed Woods as 
sales manager, on more than one oc- 



casion" having it out with Adolph 
Opfinger, who heads up the web's 
programming. 

Concensus in the trade, among 
those who have had dealings with 
Kobak during his ad agency and net- 
work careers, seems to be that it's 
very unlikely he would accept the 
Mutual offer without an advance un- 
derstanding as to the method to be 
pursued to bring MBS into the radio 
advertising Held as a major factor. 
Among things undoubtedly discussed, 
it's presumed, were the Don Lee and 
WGN situations in addition to a long- 
range plan through which the chain 
would be whipped into an entity 
more closely resembling its national 
rivals. ■ • 

One thing is sure, all industry eyes 
will be on Kobak in his new position 
with most viewers feeling Mutual 
will be a hotbed of. news develop- 
ments in coming months. That some 
of his former associates at the Blue 
will be making the. trek to join Ko- 
bak is considered by some in the 
trade as a certainty, 

Unusual stipulation in McClintock's 
original contract, it was learned, pro- 
vides that when he steps out as 
prexy he'll be retained for a period 
of two years in a consultant capacity. 
Reported that he'll receive $15,000 a 
year from Mutual for the two-year 
stretch: It's expected that McClin- 
tock will resume activities in con- 
nection with his real estate project 
in Scarsdale, N. Y„ as well as step- 
ping into other consultant jobs, a 
role in which he garnered a wide 
reputation before going with Mutual. 



Begina, S»sk.— Flt.-Lt. Jack Hill, 
of the Royal Canadian Air Force, re-* 
ported missing April 27. after air 
operations over enemy territory, is 
now reported safe in London. Prior 
to enlistment he was an announcer 
with CJRM, Regiua, now CKRM. 



RADIO EXECS INVITE 
CONFUSION TO LUNCH 

.Radio Executive Club of N. Y. is 
running a strictly come-and-be-con- 
fused luncheon Monday (6) in con- 
nection with the Presidential cam- 
paign, with Milton Berle, Zero 
Mostel. Jimmy Savo, Henny Young- 
mari, Harry Hershfield and Harry 
Savoy being set up as a special panel 
of election commentators. They'll 
offer a "frank appraisal" of the cur- 
rent political scene. Affair is 
skedded for the Hotel Roosevelt. N Y. 

Spot Gil Newsom In 
'Spotlight Band' Spots 

Following * search of several 
months by Sonny Werblin, head of 
N Y. office of Music Corp. of Amer- 
ica, who hires talent for the show, 
Gil Newsom is new permanent m.c. 
in the east for the Coco-Cola "Spot- 
light Bands" stanzas on the Blue. 

Newspn, who recently was dis- 
charged from the Navy, succeeds 
Mike Roy, who resigned the job two 
months ago to accept a film acting 
contract in Hollywood. Prior to join- 
ing the Navy, Newsom was a regular 
m.c. on the same series. 

Between the time Newsom took 
over and Roy's departure, Blue staff 
announcers handled the m.c. chore. 

Video Series to Train 
War Bond Salesmen 

Treasury Dept. will debut a tele- 
vision series tonight (Wed.) over 
WABD, N. Y., object being to train 
bond salesmen for the forthcoming 
Sixth War Bond Drive. Marks the 
first time tele has been 'put to such 
use. ' ' 



Crosby Vs. Voice 
On Level-Hughes 

St. Louis, Oct. 31. ; •„"'•;•' 
Because of beefs that he selected 
Crosby discs in preference to those 
made by Sinatra because he al- 
legedly was paid to do so, last week 
resulted in Rush Hughes, conductor 
of the "First Five" program over : 
KWK, local " Mutual outlet, offering 
a standing reward of $1,000 to any- 
one who: could prove the charges. 
Hughes also said he will pay the • 
same sum to anyone who can prove 
he has taken money or anything 
else, from anyone, at any time, to 
give preference to any record or any 
company.' ■ ' f •• . 

Hughes said he felt Crosby pre- 
vailed because a majority consider 
him the best ballad warbler' and be- 
cause of his overseas trip to enter- 
tain men and women in the service 
which apparently has boosted his 
popularity with tuners-in, . 

I Boff Selling 1 

1 Continued from page 21 assai l 

premise back of the LaRoche policy. 

Affiliates headed by Allen Camp- 
bell of WXYZ, Detroit, felt, how- 
ever, that members of the advisory 
board were taking all the heat in 
the changeover because of their to- 
tal ignorance of what LaRoche was 
doing and that all the affiliates in 
their respective territory were look- 
ing to them for information they 
could , not supply. - 




WOR has a rare assortment of sales-proven, audience-tested shows open 
for immediate participation or sponsorship. Is it a high-powered woman'* 
show you want? There's WOR's MARTHA DEANE and BESSIE BEATTY. 
ALFRED McCANN, JR. will be glad to talk for you, too. We might also 
mention astute news analyst SYDNEY MOSELEY, and a gem of a news spot 
at 2:30 in the afternoon. There are other great shows, of course. But this 
sampler gives you a good idea of the kind of things WOR is aide to offer. 
Get in touch with us now — today! ; 

MEMBER OF THE MUTUAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM 



A H0USE-FULL OF HITS 
CALL OR WRITE 




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IT is possible to now offer, generally, a musical organization that 
has been in development at CBS for the last two years at a 
cost of more than a quarter of a million dollars-- (not including 
that of air time and production) — who have for 120 w^eks stud- 
ied and performed together 3 to 5 hours daily, 5 days a week. 
A radio dance band which, with its "performance team" of tech- 
nician, producer, arranging staff, vocalist— special studio — (all 
Continuously assigned to its needs)— -has created a new high* in 
popular American music. A quality called by a nationally famous 
music critic "remarkable by any standard/unbelievable in radio."! 

THE majority of the band's ajr appearances have been in Its 
I five day a week series (4:45-5:00 EWT/ WABC in New York 
— an afternoon presentation that has consistently remained in 
the top Columbia shows. 

THE plaudits from network affiliates have been many. Some of 
I the stations unable to carry it, because of local commitments, 
have thought enough of the show to record it and re-broadcast it 
later in the day. 

THE band has been chosen for one of OWI's most ambitious 
undertakings for the GIs overseas — a daily fifteen minute 
recording for short waving throughout the world and special 
transcriptions for direct release to 132 battle stations in all the 
war theatres. 




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"Vox Pop' From Conn. Hospital for G! 
Disabled Points Up Duty of Public 



By JAMES L. C'ONNERS. '. 

Albany. Oct. 31., 
"Vox Pop." in a b'roadc, l.2'8) 
over CBS from the Old Farms Hos- 
pital, Avon. Conn . brought to the 
nuke a group oi blinded war vetei- 
. ans.fo'r as 'moving a demonstration 
■ of GI morale - as has yet been,', re- 
vealed on the air. A series o1 lntt-i- 
views (apparently unrehearsed ! did 
more !'■ to show concretely what in- 
jured servicemen's morale . mcrm.- 
than 100.000 words or. 100 sketches, ■■' 
If the Army or OW1 were 1 able -to 
make a transcription of the half- 
hour, with the advertising eliminated 
(rather difficult, perhaps, because of 
Bromo-Seltzer's format", it might 
veil release/ the platters to even, 
station in the country, for public ' 
service salvos ' Vox Pop' shot could 
be a forerunner of the campaign,, im- 
ported in ''Variety" (25 >, to be 
launched by Surgeon General s of) ice 
of the Army, to educate the publ'V 
in how; to handle treatment of the 
discharged . vets,. The /Connecticut 
origination sharply limned the atir- 
tude relatives, friends and strangers 
should adopt toward disabled boys, 
especially: the sightless, ..... 
. Interviewer Warren Hull asked the 
direct question of a blinded GI. from 
Vicksburg. Miss. The young man, 
whose bride to be. from Reading. 
Pa,, was introduced, stressed that no 
one should offer to help, a sightless 
veteran, "unless he requests -it.". The. 
Mississippian. who intends to; return 
to sales : work, said that, when lie was 
home:, two or three Of the family 
wanted to help at, every turn This 
tends to rob the sightless GI of "in- 
dependence.',' he said. 
. Another blinded veteran.: a kid iif. 
20 who was struck by a. Nip mortar 
■on a South Pacific island, had . men- 
tioned, that, people., on' the street 
tended, to stare at him and his pals 
carrying white canes and this tended 
to cause collisions. Pedestrians 
Should, get out. of the way, he said. 
The youngster, revealing an optim- 
ism and a gaiety that would shame 
folks with all /their, faculties, hud 
won second prize/in a dance contest 
at Hartford a few nights before; He 
laughingly talked of hiking, horse- 
back, riding. . gymnastic 'exercises, 
skating and of "going over the ob- 
stacle course with my buddy today." 
Lad and other interviewees insisted 
they could do anything and every- 
thing a sighted person can do, and 
Irf some cases do it better, 
. A kidding line that must . have 
clutched at the heartstrings of many 



listenVtN was uttered by a bull-fiddle 
pla\i« 'name .sounded like John 
C'achalo) formerly with name bands. 
« lui said . he was studying touch 
typing and. /•couldn't peek like 
sighted .folks," Musician i intends to 
continue in that field i also quipped 
that/lie learned Braille before going 
entirely Mind, .'"but, I. learned it back-, 
ward and upside down. I haa to start 
iil; over again.- Explosion of a 
bnoby trap at a training camp, cost 
tu> sight,- Gf. tabbed as hav-ing- been 
with Artie Shaw and other orches. 
Iras, did a pop number with his 
brother.' a pianist. One of his prizes: 
was-' a /tour of favorite 52nd street 
spots, "ail night if you wish." Parks 
Johnson and Hull did a superb 'job. 



E. T. Heckler 

/ : Engineering, mix up- on. a Dick 
Gilbert-WHN. N. Y. Show last 
week; had the Republican Na- 
tional Committee doing, a burn. 
Happened- .-, after Gilbert . an- 
nounced/the usual paid politi- 
cal" tiling, sponsored by the 
Women's DiViMon ol the GOP, 

But with -the wrong recons 
flipped in :the .control booth, 
whatM-ame oh the air was Frank 
Sinatra s pla.lt.wed talk on Why 
1 am voting.' for Roosevelt/ And 
It, -played through to the very 
end. :. - /,''..'/ ,/'- '' :.-.' 



Paul Returns to CBS, 
Works Out New Show 

Norman Paul, ex-CBS press mfo. 
staffer, has returned \p- the web as 
a 'member of the program dept. after 
a fling, at the freelance gag-writing 
■game.. He's slated to work on new 
program-ideas , 

First conirib is a dramat series be- 
ing considered . as . sustaining fare 
labelled "Postmark - Home". : Paul 
and producer Jack Carney have put 
one installment on wax. It's a GI s 
letter-from-home format;. . ' 



Joe Mansfield to Produce 
Raleigh's 'Carton' Stanza 

Joe Mansfield. NBC producer., gets 
his first sponsored assignment next 
week (8 1 when he takes over the 
pointed-index-firigcr duties on Henny 
Youngman's Raleigh cigaret stanza. 
Mansfield joined NBC last year from 
New England where he was affiliated 
with : , WJAR, Providence, among 
other stations. 

He's been handling producer tasks 
6n -NBC- ' sustain ers heretofore, the 
a.m: "Mirth & Madness" session be- 
ing his latest assignment in that 
catecory , 



Capt. Bob Light 
In Charge of AFN 

The Amencan Forces Network. J 
dperatilig in . the European theatre 
Of- war" and now knocking out more 
than 90 news shows seven day- per 
week, lias undergone- several shifts 
in personnel > ,'■. .•. 

Major John S Hayes former , of- 
ficer in chaigs, is now. associate di- 
rector of Troop Broadcasting Ser- 
vice "1 SHAEF,. along with LI. Col: 
David Nivcn. who. is also a director 
of. TZS-SH AEF, Capt, Robe: I Light 
is now oflicer .in charge of AFN 
with lit; Jack' London assuming the 
exec officer spot. Capl. Alan Camp- 
bell., Hollywood writer and husband 
of Dorothv Parker, als.i now' is with, 
AFN. "//-'/'' 

Jimmy ■ Boyle, formerly: of ■ the 
RKO home office publicity depart- 
ment who's with the AFN'. on .the 
other .side. ' reports that When Ring 
Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marlene 
Dietrich, were .oh army entertaining 
tours, fhey /visited AFN's Radio 
City of Europe." Crosby and Astaire 
recorded, a few musical station 
breaks tor AFN. '.,'/'„ 



Football Flavor to Chi 
Show Seeking Juves For 
After-School War Jobs 

Chicago, Oct. 31, 
New promotional stunt to lure 
'teen-agers into war jobs after school 
hours was preemed over WCFL 
Sunday <29". Heavily hit by man- 
power shortage. Alden's Chicago 
Mail Order House, which has tried 
car 'Cards and billboards without 
much success are. sponsoring the 15- 
minute show at 11:15 Sunday, morn-: 

iugs. '-/ ',-'''•■■; ''/ ■.'/•. '.'• . '/'.•;'/'■.'•- ■'•'■",. '■'[.'■ 

Airer, parted lot 13 weeks with 
option, features emcee's appeal to 
students patriotism: review: by two 
Chicago sports .writers , of Saturday 
grid games; score forecasts for -Sim? 
day and during the week: and two- 
minute spiel, bv a highsehool prrn- 
ctpal. Sports scribe-- alternatett are 
Clark Shauglme ? s>, Ji , .News, Phil 
Wfwiiait. f it v Neus Bureau: Bob 
Tatar. .Sun; Harold Butchin. Times;. 
Tommy KouzmaiiolT. .Herald-Amer- 
ican,, and , Dave Condon. Trib. /' •» 



NAME JIM SHOUSE NAB 
7TH DIST DIRECTOR 

'. Louisville, Oct. 31. '.' 

Bi-annual meeting of the Seventh 
District.. NAB. Was held Saturday 
(28 1. in the WAVE auditorium 

James Shouse! v. p. of thed'osley 
Radio. Corp., -was chosen -director, 
succeeding Nathan Lord. , gen. ' nigr. 
of WAVE here.. 



BUGLER'S LAMENT . 

St. Louis. Oct. 31. 
Cpl, ■ Gerald M. Whittington, for- 
mer warbler at KSD and a member 
of: the Municipal Opera Assn. 
chorus, has composed a song, "Bug- 
ler's Lament".^ which has' been ac- 
cepted by the Army Air Forces for 
distribution to all of its installations. 
V Whittington, currently, is sta- 
tioned at Camp Crowder. Mo. . 



TUMS MULLS PEARCE, 
LOOKS FOR TIME SLOT 

Hollywood. Oct 31: 
Sponsorless for one- of the longest 
spells of his. productive career span- 
ning 15 years of regional and. na- 
tional commercialized"' farcing. Al 
Pearce' looks set for a comeback. 
Lewis-Howe Chemical iTums) is 
dickering with "Elmer Blurt" an.d 
his sundry associates for a mid-No- 
vember entry on the chain that; of- 
fers the best. time inducement.. :.;'"; 

Pearce's variety formula would.be 
put to work for Tunis as it has for a 
dozen other underwriters, with the 
cast, reading from left to right, prac- 
tically the same as in former years. 




CIO Laying Out $300 
On Spots b St. Louis 

St. Louis. Oct. 31. 

The CIO is having its: first fling at 
radio in this neck of the- woods and 
while its effort*, are local it may 
possibly buy time on a net . outlet. 
The United Electrical. Radio and 
Machine Workers ' of America are 
spending approximately $300 .foi 40 
spot announcements oil WTMV, East 
St. -Louis, and WIL. St. '/Louis. 

The union is using 25 one-minute 
p.m. political' shots on the East St. 
Louis station and 50-word spots on 

wil. : z z". v 



Attempt to Cite Nets 
On COP Speeches Fails 

Washington, Oct. 31. 

FCC yesterday (SO I. /denied peti- 
tion filed against the four national 
webs by William B. Rubin, of' Mil- 
waukee. He wanted' hearings against 
all web affiliates which carried e'er 
tain- political speeches by Govs. 
Dewey and Bricker and Rep. Clare 
Boothe Luce IR, Conn,) to ' show 
cause why their licenses should not 
■be revoked. 

He charged ■ in his petition that 
Dewey, Bricker and Mrs. Luce "wil- 
fully, maliciously and repeatedly 
made unjustified charget against the 
President of the United States, 
broadcasting defamatory and untrue 
matter." He also wanted the Webs to 
make "corrections and retractions" 
of these political speeches. 



NY. Tooters' Pay 
Hike Gets WLB OK 

Waty Labor Board last week final ' 
ly okayed the tipping; of radio scale, 
for Local 802, N. Y„ musicians. h{. 
crease was effective as of last April 
but wasn't confirmed by the WLB 
until now. Money was being held in 
escrow for musicians pending an af- 
firmative decision. 

Division of over $1,000,000 held in 
escrow by ad agencies, stations and 
networks, to be divvied among mem 
bers of 802, starts this week. ' Z ■ z 

New rates call for $14 for 30-mint 
ute broadcast or any fraction thereof 
and $18 for a full hour or. less if 
more than a half-hour Rehearsal 
lime remains the same-^$(S an hour 
Old- scales were $12 an hour or'anv 
traction thereof, : 

. Contract sets three classes of uy 
on house bands. Musicians working 
25 hours weekly, either commercial ' 
or stistainihg, ' will ^now gev' $105 
weekly. Former rate was. $150. Con- 
ductors' pay: is tipped from $262.50 
to $238.75. House men working 2» 
hours weekly . go from $125 to $132:25; 
conductors from $210 to $231.4s! 
House men doing sustainers only . 
jump from $120 to '.$-120.50; conduct- 
ors from $201.25 to $223.40. Minimum 
web hotise staff was set at 65-roeit.:'''-' 

Copyists were 'increased to $80.59 
from $75 and head, librarians to $165 
from '$150. Assistant librarians go 
from $75 to . $86.25. Contract for 
house men-, copyists and librarians is 
retroactive to Aug.,1. 

WLB also approved 5«; pay in- 
creases .for. house . men at WQXR, 
WEVD, WINS. WMCA. and WNEW, 
N. Y.: -WHOM. Jersey City, and 
WBNX, Bronx. Effective dales oil 
each of the stations vary in accord- 
ance with the/individual contract ... 

DUNHAM RESIGNS FROM 
RELIGIOUS ORG. COMM. 

Franklin Dunham has resigned the 
chairmaDship of the organizing com- 
mittee for. a proposed Association 
of Broadcasters of- .Religious Pro- 
grams. As a result , the New. York 
meeting. Nov. 10-11, has been moved 
Zback to Nov. 21, when Wiliard John- 
son of the Conference of Christiana 
and: Jews. will succeed; Dunham. The 
committee has never held. the. meet- 
ing authorized last May in. the Col- 
umbus. Ohio, panel discussions on 
religion of the Institute for Educa- 
tion by Radio. : 

, Prof. Fred Eastman of the Chicago 
Theological Seminary is active in' : 
promoting this project. 



O.K. to KTHT 

* /Houston, Oct. 31. 

Approval haa been given Roy Hof- 
heinz by the FCC for the continued 
operation of KTHT, which has been 
test broadcasting since early sum- 
mer. .'•■■■.' ■ - .'':■'. 



Overseas for USO Since Jan. 
'43 — Now in Belgium 




FRED LIGHTNER 

Dir.: PHIL COSCIA 




HERE'S 




\UJiurstFay, November 1, 1944 



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Aussie legion' In 
Bid for Station 

Sydney, Oct. 10. 
> ' Returned Soldiers' League, com* 
piisetT of 1914-18 and 1939-44 vets, 
^'approached Postmaster General 
Senator W. Ashley, in charge of all 
Aussie radio, for the granting of a 
commercial station license to the 
F.S.b., stating that 2HD, Newcastle, 
io'rmevl'y operated by Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses, and now on the market, 
fhoiild' be permitted operation by 
the vets., irrespective of an opera- 
tional bid being made by the Aus- 
liilian Labor Party. 

Ashley told deputation from 
RS.I. ihlit his. technical -advisers 
xvould investigate the possibility of 
a license being granted, but R.S.L. 
.woiild be faced with problem of se- 
curing equipment owing to wartime 
conditions; 

■. Ashley poiute clout that his de- 
partnieot had received 831 applica- 
tions for new. ■ commercial ..licenses, 
and that ll.-w.-s impracticable to 



Capehart's Revolush Tele 
Claims Great Stuff— BUT ! 

A strictly Missouri attitude greet- 
ed the announcement Mon, (30) 'by 
Homer Capehart of a new television 
system based on the use of ordinary 
telephone lines. Tele execs in N, Y. 
agreed that if the Capehart method 
lived, up to its descriptions, it would 
be terrif, but added that -they'll 
have to show us first," "'-..•' " 

Capehart. who is president of the 
Packard Mfg. Go., Indianapolis, said 
his new method, called the video 
•system.; would have startling new 
features, most important of which 
are claimed high fidelity transmis- 
sion on standard phone lines, and 
production: of recordings with both 
sight and sound signals. ' . 

Engineers in N, Y. clainfed that 
phone wires have been used in . lab- 
oratory experiments with moderate 
success.' over short distances, but 
added, that if Raymond Binney, the 
Capehart engineer credited with; the 
new system, has really eliminated 
the need for the coaxial cubic, it is 
'a',. -major achievement. They ' also 
questioned high fidelity transmission, 
such as "required by television, with- 
out a greater megacycle swing than 
(o grunts any of these because of a , hat xmiTlned by proponents Of the 
short ge of wave-lengths. .; Nor- new [.„ eiv - method;-. : ; . .. '■ 
license had ben granted by. the Cur- — 
tin Labor Government., because all 
licqiiencies had been allocated. 

R.S.L. deputation said the .organi- 
sation had. been- waiting TO years for, 
a ' commercial, license, . and it. was 
coiiMdered ' : that- preference should, 
be 'given covering 2HD. It's be- 
lieved " h.eie that politicians, .both 
Labor and lion-Labor, will press for 
every consideration being given the 
:yeis to obtain, .a commercial radio 
m; tiori in the Aussie .zone, -7 



'Pass The Biscuits Pappy' 
Books Texas Station Time 

■' San AntoruQj Oct. 31. 

Sen. W. Lee O'Daniel is being 
heard daily ; over a host of ■■ Texas 
stations via' regional webs, in live 
broadcasts and on platters. Locally 
he's being heard, daily over KTSA 
at 6:30 a.m. over WOAI at 1 and 
5: 30 p.m. In Austin, programs "are 
heard over , KNOW at 6:45 a.m,; i it 
Dallas at 1:00 . pAi .over WBAP' and 
at 7:30 p.m. over WRR. 

ODaniel is accompanied by hi-; 
hill billy band. Group is introducing 
a new song written by the senator 
tilled "God Save America." 



K.C. Symph's Sponsored 
Series Set for KMBC 

Katie s City, Mo., Oct. 31. 
Kansas City Philharmonic Orches- 
tra has been sold commercially by 
KMBC 'CBS) to the Kansas City 
! Southern Lints for local sponsor- 

j ship. •'>-:'; 



GTs Spare Time Radio Scripts Doing 
Duty as 'Don't Forget Us Reminders 



While (here's a. '•1-hope-lhcy- 
doii't - forget - us-when-werretur:i-to- 
civvies'" feeling among many people 
from radio and for that mat ter. .all 
bl anches of show • business,, a . litiih- 
bet's of ex-radio scripters in the 
armed forces -are still writing for 
network programs; Out of the "mili- 
tary spare time .library'.' have been 
coming a number of scripts used on 
the' major webs' regular /programs 

liiat reflect a desire among the . GI's , >p hc!U ,e tirflmatkatipn 
to .retain their .'professional standing : Murder.'' was also out 



without in any way letting it inter- [ 
fere with their pro-tern military- 
status. ; ' .■'>•■'■. '"■ ■■■■ } 

J o s e p b. Ruscolh. ex-CBS . writer, ' 
has been contributing, scripts to the \ 
"Romance" series .as well as; the Co- . 
lunibia "School of the Air" program.. . 
Similar.lv, Cpl; Millard Lampell, sta- , 
t'ioh " iii New Haven under Capl.'Bob j 



Orch was ' sold last year for 
niltire house, but- litis, year's ..deal 

with the railroad calls for a' 20-1 Jennings. ' has b e e.-p; . ehaimelling I radihg the field iiboir . their, return- to 
week strtfeh r n'ing Thursday nights ! "spate time ° scripts into, network I -nviJfiiri file. 



, .-hows., his .scripting of the -Abe Lin- 
coln "Lonesome Tram" cantata on 
the NuinViii- Corv. in series : br ing 
. pa,i tji (ikwty . outstanclihg. Others iji 
j uniform who have: been keeping in 
the swim include Sgt, ^rti'iur'';L&i)r* 
I ei.it s. AX Watrt. the ex-djiectoi who 
; is now w riling; Sgt. Joel JIf ;-..tmilf, - 
J as well aj> many.- other* Only i.oout 
half tilt scripts, ncidentatly. deal. 
! with \\M; subjects "., ' 

Lust Tuesday's <S[4) XJ-.ilje Mv.stery 
Comic Strip 
•of the GI 

* -.pai-p-time iibrai v." being; the : crea- 
tion- of Cpl, Fved Net hot. ■ ; 

• Scripts, are- being . rceeh ed con- 
tiiiMQUsly. by networks and agen- 
cies from ex-pros whq. are cur-' 
lentlv ov fi sea*,; ■ as well as a num- 
ber of "one-shots'' . lroifi non- writers 
smitten by the:urge or throwing out 
script feelers' «s.» pi elude to in-. 



FIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING 



HERB FLAIG TO WLW'S 
NEW ATLANTA OFFICE 

Cincinnati, Oct. 31. 
Ex (ending, its personalized service 
k-r accounts in tlie south, WLW . is 
opening an office this, week in At- 
lanta';. It is in the Mortgage Guar- 
antee, .building, 10 Ellis' street, N.E., 
and has as, manager -.Herbert: . L; 
Fiaig. who was, moved from the 
station's sales office in Chicago. The 
Croslry 50.000- watter also has sales. 
Branches in New York and Hoj'ly- 
wiiod. Harry Mason Smith heads 
. the main .sales office herei'V ■ '•; 
' Jack Zinselmeier, . who has been 
iii charge of WLW's drug trade ex- 
tension work, steps up this week as 
diitclor of drug trade relations. He 
replaces Ralph. Visconli, who is re- 
porting for training in the Naval Re- 
serve with a commission as Lt. I jg). 
Zinselmeier joined WLW a year ago 
jilitr 11 years with Started Distrib- 
i-.iors. Inc., a sales division of Stand- 
-*id Oil of N. J. : - 



Twin Cities Station 
Wins 'Money Bag' Suit 

- " Minneapolis. Oct. 31. . 

A directed verdict lor WDGY mid 
SI (Cord Advertising agency ; was 
Ordered by District Judge A. AV, Sel- 
ever Saturday ( 28) in an action 
brought against the radio station and 
agency by Isadore Pulverman, Min- 
neapolis, \vlid sought, $15,000 dam- 
ages., on the charge his ideas for 
radio programs had been used with- 
out his permission. 

. Pulverman sought to restrain the 
Ration and agency from continuing 
.a :"rooiiey-bag" program which Pul- 
verman . claimed he originated arid 
discussed with WDGY officials , in 

1940; . V 



St. Louis Schools Apply 
For FM Station Permit 

St. Louis, Oct. 31. 
The local Board of Education has 
applied to FCC for a permit to op- 
«iate a non-commercial radio sta- 
Siori on 42.500 kc. with a power 
of 3.000' watts. If okayed the , sta.t ion 
W'il! broadcast direct to classrooms. 
Until the facilities are available, the 
rchool system expects: to make ex- 
perimental broadcasts Over local 
commercial stations. • 



KMBC GRID SPONSOR 

■ Kansas City, Oct. 31. 

KMBC. which tor several years 
hits, passed up CBS football coverage 
'n.favor of airing, as a p'ublic service 
through their own hookup, grid 
Clashes between Big Six conference 
teams, this season snared a sponsor, 
new to radio, to bankroll the games. 

Newcomer is the K„ C. National 
City Bank, with the account placed 
'through r\ j. Pott-Calkins & ;Holden, 
Gridcastcr is Sam Molen who, in ad- 
dition', gives out With sports chillier 
twice, nightly- ou J<MBC. ■. '"' ,;' ■ 




1. The iiatue, Iowa Broii.kaslin- Company, is changed to COWLES BROADCASTING COMPANY. 

2, Tliis corporation, directly r>r through subsidiary c..tr.pani».s, tvill operate live radio Maliuns; : 

; JCRNT pes : Moines 
: WNAX Sioux City- Yank ton 
WOL Washington 
:^ ; rr^ Jersey City-New York 

WCOP Boston 

I. Kxectttive pe.vsonnel of The Cowles Stations includes J ;. ' 

T. A. M. CRAVEN, vice prtsidtnt, 
who recently completed a seven-year . . ' ■; > ■- ; , 
term oil the Federal Coiin'mmira-. . ■"'.'; /... ; :- : , 
lions Commission, will be the tkm&t ■' 
executive and technical advisor of all 
Cowles Stations, with Headquarters-, 
at WOL Wasliiflgtoh.. . - v . ';,, 

CRAIC LAWRENCE, vic<i president, 
formerly manager of R.RNT Des 
; Moi'iics/.ivill directly wiperv'ise th« 
operation of WHOM Jersey City- 
.... New York and WCOP Boston, niak- 
ing his htadfitiarter* in New York 
' ;'-'-• ■••'..' at- WHOM. ■ ' : U?-;:' ; -;':/ : ... ^v-^^ 

MIRLE . JONES, :who- recently r«-. ; 
tigned as manager of the Colmnbia- 
ewiitd station, KMO'X St. louiiy 
has inpved to Wasliington as gentral 
manager of WOL. •'• ' ;,- 



PHIL HOFFMAN, vice president, for- 
merly manager of tV-NAX, will su- 
pervise operation of KRNT in pes 
Moines and WNAX Sioux City- 
Yankton, with headc]uarter» in lies 
Moines. ■- . ..'•., 



DON INMAN, formerly Waterloo 
manager of WMT, is now gentra) 
inanager and vice president «.l 
WNAX Sioux City-Yaiikton, with 
headquarters at Yankton. ,.';- 



A. N. ARMSTRONG, Jr., formerly 
assistant iiianagtr of WCOP and 
WORL, is now general manager of 
WCOP in Boston. 



'4. -TED ENNS, national 1 *aks )iwna:ger 6rthe f;6\vtes ^tatioirsj bas ^lahli-lufd licitdqtiarters in New York 
" at WHOM. All Cowles Statiiiiis .vill be. fcprcst-iHcd in the naltona] tidd by The. Kau Agency, Inc. 

5. TtxtetVsive plans are tinder 'way for f ur the r i in p rii \ f-ni *n t cf t li e .prograniniiilg oit all these stations. 
* As war restnet-ions »te hilt d, physical facilitits. of al! the stations m\\ b<; expanded, coverage further 
extended, and a program ol expansion "•■into lrc<[tte)icy moduhitiotl and, television will be launched. 

COWLES BROADCASTING COMPANY 





Gardner Cowles, Jr./ Preymtiii 



John Cowles, Chairman of the Board 

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RADIO 



Wednesday, November 1 , ] <J 1 1 



New Titles For 
'Spy M Amanda! 

. First known instance of a sponsor 
giving a post-war emphasis to Us 
program "far Mail Pouch Tobacco's 
current 'promotion drive on "Coun- 
terspy." Show is now being plugged 
as ' David Harding'" (name of "lead 
character) so the series can 'con- 
tinue, when the shooting's over, as a 
straight cops-and-robbers metier. 
-." Despite the "Harding" buildup. 

. show's continuities will focus on 
espionage until war development-* 
permit the thematic change. Show 

: is produced for Mail Pouch by the 
Pliil Lord office, with ' Don Mc- 
Laughlin playing the lead. 

With lodale of seven-year-old 
so:-;p opera. "Amanda of Honeymoon 
Hilt," having shifted to Washington. 
Air. Features.: producers of the 
stanza, have changed title to "Aman- 
'da,". taking the gal off the hill:' 



Freelance Studios 

Chicago. Oct. 3j. 
• ' Studio- atop the Civic Opera 
building here, vacated in 1931. 
wher WENR joined NBC. are 
fast' becoming known as ' ■■the 
movie, rental lot of radio." 
Utilized' by almost every net- 
, work station, here and some of 
the large independents. 75 to 
1Q0 important, shows emanate 
from the studios during thcyear 
when regular facilities of ■'the, 
stations are taxed. 

The studios were built and 
equipped by WENR when the 
' Civic Opera building was built 
with some S250.000 expended in' 
furnishings and equipment. After 
WENR moved out they were 
used for a short time by Samuel 
Insull's ABC Network. ." '■.', 



WPTF's Program Director 
Switches to AAA, Wash. 

- Raleighy Oct, 31.. • 

Virginia Tatum, program director 
of WPTF, has accepted a position 
W'ith the Agricultural Adjustment 
Administration in Washington as ra- 
dio information specialist. She'll be 
responsible for the selection of agri- 
cultural information suitable for, ra- 
dio, and will present it to the net- 
works and local stations in broad- 
casting form.. '. 

Joining -the WPTF staff in June. 
1941. on a pre-war man-in-the- 
street show.' Miss Tat um switched 
to the program department, where 
she was made continuity chief in 
January. 1942. . . 



Hoyt Wooten of WREC 
Sells Stock in WHBQ 

Memphis. Oct. 31. 

Stock in WHBQ, held by Hoyt B. 
Wooten. owner of WREC. has been 
acquired by E. A. (Bob) Alburty. 
general manager of WHBQ. Deal 
was ni compliance with FCC regu- 
lations .against dual ownership. Sale 
does not. Affect stock interests held 
by Mrs. Stella H- Thompson, widow 
of Thomas Thompson, founder of 
WHBQ, nor that owned by S. D. 
Wooten. Jr.,. WREC's chief engineer. 

Although latter is employed by 
WREC, he- holds no stock in that 
station and is therefore permitted to 
retain his interest in WHBQ. a 
Mutual affiliate on the air round- 
the-clock. .' ; ' ■'.. "y ■•■:,:■■,'' . ' : y- 



WHAM Commissions Three 
To Write Original Music 
Aimed to fill Radio Needs 

Rochester, Oct. 31. 

WHAM has. commissioned three 
Rochester. musicians to compose orig- 
inal musical compositions especially 
for radio programs in the belief that 
there is a growing need fin music 
adapted to . broadcasting, needs, 

Chosen for the task are Dr. How- 
ard Hanson, director of the Eastman 
School of Music., composer- of four 
symphonies, one of Which won the 
Pulitzer prize, and other musical 
works: Di Paul White, associate 
conductor of the Rochester Civic 
Orchestra, . and Bernard Rogers, 
composer and me'mber of the East- 
man School faculty. 

The ' .compositions, which are ex- 
pected to be ready for radio per- 
formance next spring, are to be five 
to eight minutes long and playable 
with limited rehearsals. Following 
premiere performances the/eom posi- 
tions are to be available to i adio 
gene.ra.lly. 

The idea for the locally-written 
music was inspired by the Eastman 
School's • symposium of American 
orchestral music, .in which the. three 
musicians have, participated. 



From the Production Centers 



Continued from page Zt 



WHKK, AKRON, SETUP 

Akron. Oct.. 31. 

Before 1945 another Akron radio 
station is expected to be on the air. 
City's third station will be WHKK, 
basic Mutual outlet on the 640 kilo- 
cycle band with 1.000-watt power. 
WHKK will start operation after 
WCLE leaves the air as a Cleveland 
outlet .'■.".'.'.; " : ' ;. - , .; • 

Key staff men at WHKK' are com- 
ing from WHK-WCLE staff at Cleve- 
land and will be headed by Russell 
"Bud" Richmond, WHKK gen. mgr. 
Other appointments include Jack 
Harrington, sales mgr.; James Hill, 
chief engineer and Lew Henry, pro- 
gram director. 



Garrett Morrison Takes 
Over Programs at WPTF 

■ Raleigh, Oct 31: 
Garrett Weir Morrison, production 
manager and, -chief announcer of 
WPTF, has been appointed program 
director. He will continue his pre- 
vious duties. ■ .... 

Morrison came to WPTF in May 
of last year, as sports announcer, 
from. WDNC, Durham, N. C. : He was 
promoted to prdcluction_manager and 
chief announcer in Juhe of this; year. 

As program director, Morrison 
succeeds Virginia Tatum, who re- 
signed to accept a position as radio 
information director in Washington 
for the AAA. 



URUGUAY HEARS FIX IN 
FOR NINI MARSHALL 

Mon'evideo. Oct. 21. 
- Uruguayan listeners were recently 
disappointed at not being able to 
hear Argentina's foremost radio and 
film artiste. Nini Marshall, in her 
much publicized programs for Mar- 
tini Vermouth, over Rades. Argen- 
tine network,. ; ' 

Shortly after the June 4 revolu- 
tion. Which brought the military 
clique into power , in Argentina, this 
actress was banned from the air on 
the grounds that her characteriza- 
tions drawn from people in the hum- 
bler walks of life were tending to 
"lower the standard of cultured 
speech" in all circles. Actress' very 
apt idiomatic expressions had 'eel'-. 
tajnly become extremely popular. 
The Argentine militares decided to 
continue the ban on her per- 
formances, because they consider 
the actress persona non grata, as a 
result of a program broadcast in 
the very early days of the revolu- 
tion, in which she poked fun at the 
Army and Army ways. 

However, listeners are cheered by- 
reports that influential parties are 
trying to smooth matters over. 



Dancer. Fitzgerald & Sample, will make his headquarters in New- Yorl- 
spen ding one week each month in Chi .effective Nov. 1. : .V "» 

Jan Fraiikel has joined the WIND research staff., ...Coast Guardsman 
Caesar Romero will be the guest of the Radio Management Club tomorrow 
1 1 i ... .Everett Mitchell, director of agriculture for the NBC central di- 
vision; celebrates his 21st year in radio this week. ... ,275 NBCites turned 
out for the annual NBC Athletic Association party at. the Swedish Club 
here last 'week. . . .Robert Wall has joined the NBC central division an- 
nouncing staff. . . ."Two Top"' Baker, WGN singer, who is currently being 
considered for a spot on a; network show, received a Treasury citation 
last week for his work in aiding the war finance program . . . .Ma urie 
Bereov of WBBM departs for a sojoyrn in Hollywood this week. . "Chi- 
cago ^Theatre of the Air" will be aired an hour later. 9-10 pari. (CWT* 
when it starts its fifth year of Saturday night broadcasts, . Nov. n 
Judith waller; NBC central , division director of Public Service, negoti- 
ating with several schools who. plan to establish- summer radio institutes 
next year. Among them are University of Oregon, Oregon State College 
and University of Denver. . . .Dinning Sisters have signed for a new WBBM 
five-a-week daytime show for Atlas Brewing Co. '•;-''• » 

IIS HOLLYWOOD . v . 

Vic Hunter;- client's rep on the Bob Hope show, took a dare from the 
comedian and submitted to a scieen~tesl_ai.£aranipunt. Going along with 
the gag. Hunter agreed to sign a player contract, but , Set liis price so higli 
the studio gasped. They're still' hopeful of landing him. little aware of the 
liossplay. but Hunter is happy where-he is. . . ..Sam Hayes called to Bir- 
mingham. by illness of his mother, his. newscasts being taken over -by 
Clinton "Buddy" Twiss. . . Fred Allen still can't make up his mind whether 
he'll. sit out the second quarter, top. ; If he says the word there'll be more 
clients in line than there are vice-presidents at Ruthrauff & Ryan. . . Jim 
McFadden around to take care of renewals on the Joan Davis-Jack Haley 
show,. ;. .New aide to Claude McGue at AFRA is "Skip" Book waiter, suc- 
ceeding Austin Sherman, Who. is leaving to : operate a nearby mountain 
resort . , . ; Phil Cohan was given a new two-year deal as producer of the 
Durante-Moore scream .... Don Bernard took on a . third show, when he 
HamcoekedVa contract to produce Abbott .& Costello. His others are 
"Blondic" and "Life of Riley",. : . ..ferry Cooper ended his Coast stay- far 
the featured 'Vocal' spot on Swank' Silk's-"Relaxatioi1 in- Music" at ,WOR 
in N'Yawk. :. .Fred- Becker pulled out as- the Blue's Coast manager of 
spot sales' to fake an agency berth. '..•'/.'• 

Bill Stuhler cast after thoroughly combing the 'town, for -fresh/ young, 
talent: . . ..Newest commentators hereabouts are James Lionel . Harris and 
Maj. Hubert Turner . . . iDa'le Evans exiting the Jack Carson show where 
she has: been thrashing for the past 30 Weeks. New time of the program 
conflicts with her film duties at Republic. . . .Perry Chaifes has . left the 
Tom'Fizdale organization as manager of the Hollywood office... Thomas 
D'Arey Brophy. prcz of'KeiiyOn & Eckhardt, here to powow with his Coast 
radio chief.. John Swallow ... .Don Voqrhees and Wally Magill in town just 
long enough to gel off a "Telephone Hour" broadcast With Nelson Eddy. . . . 
Capt . Walter Johnson, lornicr Coast . radio ; head of .MCA. in town, on fur- 
lough 'after nearly two year's wit.h Marine . aviation in the Pacific- war 
theatre. : . Paul, Warwick around to chat with baimy Kaye -and conduct 
sundry other biz. '.--. .Irvin Atkins has organized Radio Creators for . the. 
packaging and ' production of action shows, Associated in the .venture 
with him are Maxwell Shane. Paul Franklin, and Hec- Cheyjgny.- 
" ht. Col. Charles Vanda. onetime CBS production chief on the Coast, 
became a papa last week. . Mother is the former Shirty Bergman of varum.", 
agency and network secretariats. .. .Madeline Lee. who is, remembered as 
"Miss Blue" with Amos iv. Andy, back as a freelance and plenty active-..'.. 
Arthur Pryor back in town to look in on BBD&O's Holly wood entries. 
Good news from'the east that Mercedes McCambridge has been cast for' tile 
lead in the Howard Lindsey-Russol Crouse play, , "Hasty Heart." 




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See Anzacs Platter Field 
Opening Up Again Soon 

Taboos on the importation of radio 
program scripts by Australia and 
New Zealand, an emergency measure | 
put into effect at the start of the j 
war. has been lifted, with removal 
o( the ban on radio program Iran- | 
scription importing expected to fol- 
low shortly. - '; 

This move marks the initial sign 
of revival of the one-time lucrative 
field for U. S. transcription manu- 
facturers which has been shut off 
since he opening of hostilities. 

Charles Michelson. domestic pro- 



gram outfit, currently is searching 
for several hundred radio scripts t<» 
export to the South Pacific areas, 
with other countries expected to per- 
mit importation of scripts, to be fol- 
lowed by -transcriptions, shortly'..' 



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tonight-don't slt therajibberlng 'Wheatleat Wheatles!"" 



America's First Independent Station to Televise Regularly! 



^TTHAT does post-war television hold 
'" * for the country's independent 
stations ? ./-V-;; :% 

Can they stand the bill? Supply the 
talent, programs, and showmanship to 
compete with the larger outlets? 

We, for one, are not going to sit 
around while someone finds out for us. 
WNEW wants the answer now! 

That's why we are televising now — 
programs from our regular schedule we 
think will make good visual entertain- 
ment. You can see them on the DuMont 
Television Station WA B D— Channel 4 
on your receiver. Q 



More important, pur own writers pre- 
pare the shooting scripts— -our own staff 
produces, directs, and handles the cam- 
eras. We want them to know what's going' 
on. They will -contribute much to our 
television future. 

Sure it's an experiment. But experi- 
ment brought forth 24 hour-a-day broad- 
casting, the Make -Believe Ballroom, the 
Milkman's Matinee, and many other fea- 
tures that have made WNEW the most 
listened- to non-network station in the 
country. So keep your eyes on America's 
first independent station to televise regu- 
larly-WNEW! * 




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32 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, November - 1 , 191 1 



"WHICH IS WHICH?" 
Willi Ken Hurray, Richard Himlirr 
OVrh.- Irani; Morffan, Ted liewis. 
Basil RiUhtwne, Judy ftlannrrs 
■ I'rodurer: Mel . Willhimscm 
Writers: John Murray, fail Class. 
Hal FinbVrg 
.Mins.; Weil.. 9:30 (i.m.: 
OLD COLDS . - .: 

m aim -ens. \. y. 

•.This Hfw- ,; C<»'i'»t.'li»i^i' «'i:>*«:vn bv 

..yel !<!•!: Mlltl'ilV I.U()iCSOMt-i t-b.«.'.UVsl 

•ptu.> bv Lconei'. A Mitchell mency 
'on tvtwffc'ot Old Cio'lrts siner 
inn tin-. .*ri.(IO(J.nOH - -a cm.!:; 
Wiilte. Thou psor-. GliiH'-'-ifl; Hi h;iV 
h>g chilled a'tils try to -i.rieu(ii'> well 



Ml'""' what «5}'s'e?;>: Basil RathbOlie in 
a 'Sherlock Holmes- excerpt and 
Frank Morgan doing an oyerlong gab 
scs: ion about ail imaginary bullfight. 
Following doiidncmoitt.'i tUo " "p rol >- 
•iom children" engage in liglil banter 
with Murray with the inevitable film 
plugs- bemg a vital pai ' • ot the 
toijtsiWvwasKingl 

RtiVri'wV . Ijaiidhv his, ;issti;n.i1i.< , iit' 
smoothly find wilh (lie assurance' ex- 
pected: from a: polished showman. He 
secras .iH a good, spot, to.' launch a, 
comeback pi.nyiUing rest of 



the contestants as do some ot the" 
stock quiz shows. - But. it. seems tikel.v 
that- the nevv -idea> might click even 
stronger 1 with r'eiiiote. .lis t'e.neuv try- 
ing to -tTgiire out .vd.icthe'.: Ih.o Jpfev^ 
sohalities are/actually, preseiit in the 
studio or are being impersonated. 

Chief.' weakness - of opening show 
<2oi was "mistaken identity ' inci- 
dent' involviiis Judy Manners war- 
blunt ■■"■Moon Over Mountain a la 
Kale Smith Hep. ladtu .fans 
.riatiually. knew that Miss Smith is 
operating in New York on her Gen- 
eral Foods CBSer so it was pretty 
obvious that the ehirpcr was not. Ted 
Collins' songbird, even though Miss 
Manners kicked -in .with a . darling 
imitation. As a matter of fact; >be 
fortune contestant pegged the switch 
: explaining that she "had. heard the 
Kate Smith show Sunday- and thus 
felt : prettv certain she was not ' in 
Hollywood: Tribute to quality of 
■ iivioet-sonaslT- was' that- the- seeker 
after $5(1 finally decided a record of 
Kate was being 'used. She got <$5 
consolation money. - ?. ■ ■ . 

Other quizzees tabbed Ted Lewis, 
singing "When My Baby Smiles. At 



"COMEDY THEATRE" ; 
Willi Harold Lloyd, UU'udetU Col- 
bert, Robert Vouhg, Carl HofT, 
Natalie Shater, .Charles l.ung, Bob 
Williams, Announcer 
Writer: Carl Sass 
Producer: Tom Sawyer - ,''"'■ 

Mins.; Sun., lu::;o ji.nt. 
OLD GOLD 

WKAK-NBC, N.-Y. • : ,""'.'.'. '■''•.••/." : : 
.; ALennen & m : < .;•»•'/' '■• :' 
This is- one wa>" : tjiivai'kibly sure- 
li re. as '•• witness the r:i Hugs on ..Liix 
Radio Theatre, Screen (JiiiUr P.layers. 

eombatihg the gag-scrtpler 
its. reitilieriUuii'o of tHe. 

.piwzlers: Thev cimkt use a gny like [Old; Gold account atid the Sunday 
i OlheO'Toole.'joV i.nstan 1 ;e. and have : fM Wednesday- n wlH network .show., 
hut, h.indle several iir,pre.,ho-. op | ".m- J Walter 1 hum,,, ,. ... l-eii-hen & 

' Mitchell ■ has replai-.e-i the •Wiokie, 
Gleason-Le.s Treniay ne. M:'M Sribb.iith 
id, .ally a . ; -rigM comedy program :.n NBC With 



ii .aHetiv.v racial,: cotweoacK proviomg resi oi •» *> • w 
• inherit-.: 1 shb'w'is kept "up to par.and program- ;l j'«- ! ot ,cOt 
Jft'iiv: ■'■ j niers ^irv. jiple- to ■-. sfane . so.inc real :"j'\ mu ^\ , 



known radi" and Itlh'v- per for me i>' 

while .-they're, .screened '-tviil'iv ,.vh'\V j'surW!' sl.ioW..-.allriotl&li advisability ot t 
with- only their voices as cuts didn't- 1 fnlhng tOo.nianv name-. « It.hout ha\ - •. 
geueiate' a- much i ■itluisiasm w ith ] mg. theni actually appear, ol eoursc, i 



ot course. 

is -questionable 

In addition to dramat and singing 
bit. guvs like Harry Janies. Tommy 
Dorscy.- Louis, Al-mstiong and other, 
five artists with distinctive slvles 
could be used in straight, instrti- 
mjSnta'i contribs to give the series 
thy.t juve appeal demanded , bv 
cigaret bankrollers 

Plug-- handled bv gabber Bob Wil- 
liams' stress- a "don't be. iirilated": 
slogan with expeit-blending-latakia 
and other form liar pulls tossed m 
along w ith a plea to be patient if 
tobacconists are. ..unable to. fork over 
OG s when vou plunk down your 
inoney: on .the counter. ''Which"- has 
to beat a 5,2 Hooper to top the Allan 
jorj.es show it lcay'oed. ; Combo of 
.weekh parade of show biz .names, 
plus guessing for dough angle in- 
which- home, listeners caii participate 
shapes up as strong enough lo beat 
the rating although "Mi.. D. A.." 
NBC opppsi'sh, is sure to piovide i'C.al 
compel i lion io this new quizzee with 
a. new-twist. . .- " 06 int. 



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DR. EDWARD J. BYNG 
Commenlator - :.: v; 

15 Mins.; Thin s., M:S« p.m. 
Sustaining 
WEVD.N.Y. 

Dr. F.dward ,7. Byng; creator and 
former gen. nigr. of the European 
continental services of the United 
Press, seems to have network possi-, 
butties right how when the nation's 
interest is keyed to the international 
scene. He's certainly got'- .tile .knowl- 
edge 'Slid background, for. expert 
commentary on vyorld events aivri his 
'Thursday night sessions are devoted 
exclusively to postwar affairs. He's 
one of the few commentalol-s de- 
yoting his: time to coordinal ing cur- 
rent happenings with their future in- 
flitoncc- 

Stanza caught Oct. 19 was devoted 
to discussions of eurient and. future 
monetary problems witii an emphasis 
on the evils; of inflation in Europe 
and its subsequent effect. on the U. S. 
It' was an. authoritative, analytical 
discussion of the problem that clearly 
delineated the pitfalls arising -from 
declining money values- of foreign 
currencies. Only an over-scholarly 
approach to the topic limited the 
stanza's appeal somewhat. Turo. 



this .pix adaptation show, but with 
stt-tct emphasis on coinedv Pi 'ugraiin 
marks radio bow-in .lor- Harold 
.Lloyd, who's tagged in. as "hosl-di- 
' rector", and is "Comedy Theatre's" 
I counterpart of Lux's Cecil B. dcMille. 
]' .Just how valuable an asset Lloyd 
■ will emerge on this OG sliow. aside 
I trom name value, is still a moot 
point oh the basis oi the program's 
Ic-eoll' Sunday C29 i. .'.. .'1 iiiit he's: thpr 
pvoduci of the silent lilin era- was 
made: quite apparent on the pi eem 
as he major-domo'ccl tin- "Palm Beach 
Slury" adaptation and tied, in or/ the 
diaiog-cohtimiity with CUiudett'e Col- 
bert, and Robert. Young His delivery 
is a piajor. weaknc > a- the show's. 
presently set lip,, vy ith the - radio 
dramatization .'allowing:" as^ it does,' 
Lloyd to step in and vHit of the run- 
ning' narration. 

The production end. til the Preston 
Slurgcs comedy adaptation, however; 
revealed a skillful, workmanlike job 
that should attract late Sunday night 
audiences. . Current.; reluctance, of 
Const studios, to release pic -righ ts for 
radio via those exorbitant .price tags 
makes this a tough assignment, but 
it last': Sunday night's standard is- 
maintained, OG can develop this into. 
a valuable niche/ ... I. 
", Those awkward -middle and closing 
commercials will have:- to. '-be rem- 
edied, too. . ! . - . Rose. 




OLIX DOWNKS 
.Commentary V 
5 Mins.; Sun., 2:5.i Ii.'iii, : 
Sustaining 
WABC-CBS, N. Y. 

CBS has reserved tin: iTve-minute 
,-pol preceding' the N. Y. Philhal-- 
monic .Symphony Sunday al'tci nooii 
concert for a sustaining commentary 
stanza and has pacled Ol'in Downes. 
N. Y. Times music 'crit ic,; to' preside 
over the capsule prelude to the :i-.4:30 
concert itself. It's not the' iirst time, 
however, that Dowucs. has. been 
identified with the Sabbath afternoon 
Philharmonic broadcasts, the critic. 
having : handled the' intermission 
commentary some years ago. 

Actually, this is a c;ise:ot' CBS. pay- 
ing the freight. (Downes is in for a 
reported $150. a weetV for a live- 
niinute stistainer to lend stature' to 
the U. 8.-' Rubbet'-sponsoied Philhar- 
monic sessions. : , 

Oh his opening program (29) 
Dawnes -cho.se; the, ever-timely sub- 
ject of "Music and Politics." In a 
clear and logically-propounded talk, 
which was at all times simple and 
understandable, he proved the rela- 
tion between music and the. social 
and political atmosphere of the coun- 
try of its origin. To .substantiate his 
argument he gave evidence that 
Ihcre never was a composer who did 
not reflect the political consciousness 
of his era. , V • 

Whether it was the subject matter, 
which wasn't geared for the musician 
alone, or. his ability to speak infor- 
mally in a controlled but alert tone. 
Downes provided an interesting and 
provocative interlude. He's a nat- 
ural for the spot, assuming he'll coii- 
tihue with an enticing choice of sub- 
jects not necessarily restricted . .for 
the classicists alone.. Kose. 



"CHARLOTTE GREENWOOD 
SHOW" - 

With John Brown, Hairy Bartell, 
Will Wright, Ed McDonald, Viola 
Von, Charles - Hatha way Orehr- 
Riehard Davis Chorus. Wendell 
Niles. 

Director: Thomas Freebaiin Smilli 
Writers: Jack Hasty, Don Joliiisoii 
:!0 Mins.; Sun., 3 p.m. 
HALLMARK GREETING C ARDS 
WJZ-Blue, N. Y. 

(Foole Coue H Brkitiii/r 
Although the Blue network's in- 
tention as. asserted .'again and again 
and again is to h.Vpo its pro.grainmiiig 
structure so 'as to increase the -web's 
prestige among bankrollers aiitl lis- 
teners, efforts' this -season., as far as 
new shows are concerned.-:' haven't 
kept pace with the ol'tcii-voiced re- 
frain. This new Charlotte. Green- 
wood' show certainly: doesn't strike 
the. groove! one would expect ::il'ler 
listening lo ..the -"Show's the thing" 
chorus the Blue's been giving but.. : '. 

Third chapter of the series ('291 
had the star about to leave a small- 
town hepspaper (where she'd been 
working as a cub reporter to gather 
experience and material for her real 
career as a film actress i and return 
to Hollywood. City editor (John 
Brown), at his wit's end becai.ise of 
her departure. Brown's ( he's a dead 
air ring'cr for Hanlcy Stafford i .con- 
ception of the role was to screech 
at the top of his lungs every lime 
hi C' came, up, and later sequence 
in r.r, station with shore patrol nab- 
bing Miss ; Greenwood for alleged 
theff of a sailor's, sea - bag; inlroed 
another leather-lunged eharacter 
who tried to outscream Brown, un- 
successfully, it might be added. 

As if this wasn't jvard enough on' 
the ears, the star of the show pitched 
in with a vocal contrib. "How Main- 
Hearts Have You Broken?" Miss 
Greenwood's singing is definitely out 
of this world— out Of this 1944 world, 
that is. It sounded too much, like the 
Atlantic City boardwalk, circa 1919, 
to lend any strength to the program. 
Humor, too. was in the same general 
vein- with the gags, most of them' de- 
livered by the star, built up so 
crudely that few had the '.-advantage 
of spontaneity so necessary for boff 
radio returns. . -'•."■ ': 

. It Would be nice to report that a 
grancl trouper of Miss . Greenwood's, 
calibre was really on the comeback 
trail via a network show. But with 
this vehicle, in its present stage, it 
just ain't so, That's not to imply, 
though, that "Lctty" couldn't linger 
longer under ' different circumstances. 
She can handle any lines tha,t were 
ever wiitten— and the smarter they 
are. the better she'll whip them 
across the plate. So, please, Mr. 
Hallmark, get those, writers to. settle 
on a good character for the long, tall 
gal . and try and devise a few gags 
that will siieak up on yon. Tell 'em 
they're, not in the hotel business so 
they don't have to wire ahead for 
reservations on, laughs. Tell 'em 
Charlotte always was a fast ball 
pitcher. '■ --.-: ■ '." ■, -. 

One commercial; on the show de- 
serves mention. It intimated people 
who receive greeting, cards turn 
them over to see how much you 
really think of- them. To avoid 'em-, 
'harassment.- it's advised, buy Hall- 
marks and be able to hold your head 
tip. Ork and chorus contribs okay, 
but. as with Miss Greenwood's song, 
.were spotted heller-skelter without 
regard for story continuity, which 
made for a ragged half-hour. Doim. 



Television Review 



"TWO SOLDIERS" 
With Ronnie I.lss. Bill Thomas, Ger- 
trude Onnen. Gilbert Ferguson 
Writer: William Faulkner 
Director: : Gilbert -Seldes 
30 Mins.; Fri„ 9:15 ji.m. 
Sustaining . ">■.--. 
WCBW-CBS, N. Y. 

Repeat performanci of William 
Faulkner's short story, "Two Sol- 
diers," two weeks after iu: first pres- 
entation by the CBS video staff, was 
praiseworthy if for no other, reason 
than because Seldes, his light crews, 
cameramen and other production 
personnel were willing to experi- 
ment. Instead of the usual one-set 
tele show, bathed in floodlights, this 
CBS venture boldly strode in the op- 
posite direction, _ 

Half lights, shadows, striking sil- 
houette shots and fast camera switch- 
es gave the show production value's, 
comparable to current rilm fare and. 
although riot :al way* successful, the 
new approach al lea.->t ■ nuide for '.at- 
tention-grabbing'' technique ^ without 
which television is going to lis hard 
pressed to build and hold the looked- 
for postwar. nationwide audiences,. 

But, instead Of depending entirely 
on camera efTects to sell 'the show. 
Seldes wisely gathered a cast of first- 
raters with nai-rattoti burden ot the 
hillbilly yarn well taken care, of by 
young Ronnie Lisa. As a niatter of 
(Contituied on twge 33) 



"THE FUTURE BEGINS NOW" 

With Dr. Ernest W. Ligou, guest, 

(Youth Guidance Counsel) 

15 Mins.; Tues., 6:39 p.m. 

Sustaining: 

WGY, Schenectady 

Described as a new appnwen in 
radio programs, this, show tin fodt, an. 
excellent idea, the deve'lopinent 0 f 
which could be improved for broad, 
casting purposes. .Dr.. Ligon, pro. 
lessor of psychology at Union College 
and -conductor for IS years - m> 
unique research into the law., gt»v- 
erniiig character (lieup witlv-iii At* 
baiiy and a Schenectady church .; du.-' 
cusses- . specific problems of '-.youth 
Ministers, teachers, parents and' .iuves 
chat with him, . " 

On initial, salvo. Dr. Ligou UtHie-i 
with Rev. Bertram A. De lieiis- pas." 
tor -.- of ; First . Rerformed ■ Chinch 
i Schenectady). with parents, and 
youngsters,- Second shot, which did 
not seem quite in character with gen- 
eral idea of series, had young men of 
Navy . V- 12 class at Union .aiic! offi- 
cers. Third quarter-hour bi ought 
the principal, PTA -president and pa. 
rents ot Van Antwerp School stu- 
dents to the. mike. The four Was to 
present the pastor of W.estiinihsfer : 
Presbyterian Church (Albany) and, 
piembcrs. of its church school, in a 
consideration; of "old-fashioned pit- 
rents and"moder-n youth .• 

A basic flaw in the i.ntei.'est-l/ig,:: 
worthwhile radio effort is fact that 
all participants apparently use 
scripts instead of speaking int'onnal- 
ly. That gives a lecture tinge, esoe- 
cially in view of Dr. Ligon's niachiiie- 
gun delivery and sometimes teacher- 
like attitude. His voice, while clear, 
is - rather thin and high. A softer - 
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Tele Review 

Continued from page 32 ; 



fact, "Two Soldiers" also might be 
considered an experiment to decide 
whether tele can stage shows during 
which the ear alone will be sufficient 
to follow the story line. This, of 
course, has been discussed in rela- 
tion to daytime programming aimed 
at housewives unable to give lull; at- 
tention- to' the screen',-'." 

"Soldiers," . after . the scene and 
sJtiiasll was set early .m the video- 
cast; could be followed reasonably 
well from the spoken lines— after 
all. a writer of Faulkner's stature 
doesn't appear in copiously illustrat- 
ed volumes. His racket is creating 
pictures via written, words;.-.:: 
• Story"; dealing with . outbreak of 
war and its effect on a simple Ten- 
nessee-mountain family, packed 
plenty of Joe Louis along with heart- 
throbs and a touch of pats iotic fer- 
vor. Biz of trying to create illusion 
of youngster traveling by bus to join 
his older brother, who enlisted in the 
Army, didn't' quite come: oft. Studio 
and set - limitations just- were ..too 
much to overcome, although tech- 
nique tried probably will wind up 
standard practice when "studios- of 
tomorrow"' arrive. Bill Thomas, , as 
the older brother, together with Ger- 
trude O.nnen (Maw) and Gilbert 
Ferguson i Paw), kept pace with the 
Liss performance. Frances Buss as- 
sisted in production Chores. Oonn. 



purpose! and arrangements art 
socko, whether for a straight orches- 
tra number or a blend of chorus 
and orch. Bloch even makes the 
plugs, spieled by Ameehe; more 
palatable with a muted siring back- 
ground adding considerable effect to 
the schmaltzy .sales appeal geared 
for women's face powder. Luise 
Rainer was guester. 



Radio Reviews 

Continued from pase 32 — p- 

tone, slower tempo .and more, human 
touch would be advisable/ Dr. Ligon 
undoubtedly could ad lib replies. If 
a script must be used, more interrup- 
tions of his remarks are in' order. 
Educator's - ideas oh youngsters, and 
psychology motivating them, sound 
authoritative, scientific and helpful, 
but not radical. He does not attempt 
to psychoanalyze orr the air. 

Another fault of program is that 
too' much is attempted. Enough' 
questions were raised on. first broad- 
cast to carry on thrice that period of 
time. Dramatizations (WGY Play- 
. ersl of incidents related by Dr. Ligon. 
tend to slow up program and get it 
off discussion level, although they 
are skillfully- handled.. Would prob- 
ably be better, from listeners' view- 
point, if time were doubled. .';'■■ 

Parent-quizees are chosen with 
care, being intelligent and well man- 
nered. One posed, on third broad- 
cast, the brutally frank query: why. 
did some pupils steal from a nearby 
store, -when they never had. from 
school slock? Dr. . Ligon's explana- 
tion was lucid; his corrective sugges- 
tion pertinent. Program, on just be- 
fore Lowell. .Thomas, can really gel 
its teeth - into problems of vital im- 
portance to parents;,. youngsters, and 
society. Conductor stresses that fea- 
ture belongs to dialers; that, he wel- 
comes their suggestions. A network 
program could be evolved. Jaco. 



In* rid Bergman spent a half hour 
Monday , night whispering her Way 
through "Anna Karenina'' and one 
of the poorest performances of . the 
radio season. That whispering. Sucli 
emotion! Such acting! Such non- 
sense! .But Miss Bergman accom- 
plished one things-she made Lady 
Esther a pleasure. 

Smart , showmanship marked .the 
Thur's. (26) broadcast of the Int:i 
Ladies Garment Workers' Union 
Blue series urging reelection of Pres. 
Roosevelt; .Program's features were 
Vice-Pres, Henry A. Wallace, Frank 
Sinatra and Ethel Merman, Crooner, 
opened the show with a forthright, 
-.hard-hitting talk; -giving his position 
as- "a little guy from Hoboken" 
speaking for the average man and 
attacking. GOP isolationists for 
scrambling' the last peace. Sinatra's 
role as a campaigner was apparently 
slill somewhat strange to him; occa- 
sioning a few fumbles. These,. how- 
ever, were more than overcome by 
the honesty and sincerity with 
which he spoke . '" 

- Miss Merman closed the show sing-, 
ing "Don't Look Now, Mr.. Dewey, 
But Your Record Is Showing," cam- 
paign song by Yip Harbiirg and 
Arthur Schwartz. 



staff") Reed. Result was belly after 
belly, with Benny himself breaking 
up at one point over the sock deliv- 
ery of Min Pious. ' Success of the 
program, which was Allen's second 
guester with Benny this season, has 
led to gagging that Jack should book 
Fred each week to insure the Hoop- 
er. Sunday's show was broken soon 
after teeoff, losing four minutes be- 
cause of line trouble. ' ' . • . 



FCC Expected to Compromise With 
Okay to Tele 'Now' and Upstairs' 



THREE-WAY TELE DEAL 
FOR DISNEY'S SHORTS 

• -/Three-way-, television deal has 
been- completed , by NBC, RCA and 
the Coordinator of Inter-American 
Affairs, whereby Walt Disney's edu- 
cational shorts' produced for the 
CIAA; will be telecast. Tentative 
starting date-is Nov. 17, shorts there- 
after to become^ a regular Friday 
evening feature on WNBT, NBC's 
video outlet. 

Disney shorts, designed for educa- 
tional purposes in. South -America, 
cover a multitude of subjects and 
have evoked considerable praise by 
those U, S. showmen who've seen 
them. ' ':'. ."■•'"','.'.":• .': ' .'-.''■ .'/ '■.-, 



Deal is said 
one. all/the way 
changing hands. 



to -be a cooperative 
around, no money 



.lack Benny show Sim. (29) had 
Fred Allen back* as guest star and 
was a boff lattgH stanza. Allen 'vir- 
tually Hook over the last half of the 
show for an "Allen's Alley" bit based 
on Benny's search for a new tenor. 
"Alley" bit brought on the former 
Allen stooges. Charlie Cantor. Min 
Pious. John Brown and Alan ("Fal- 



Tele Producers Assn. Asks 
Ad Agency Gang to Join 

Television Producers Association, 
until now restricted to producers, di- 
rectors and technicians actively en- 
gaged in ' staging lelesh.ows," has 
changed policy to admit ad agency 
personnel, including writers. Heads 
of video departments and their staffs 
are being invited to join./ '-.',''. 

Membership drive is under direc- 
tion of Harvey Marlowe ' 



Despite a last ditch fight right 
down to the • wire by CBS reps 
battling for the web's pet "upstairs" 
television policy to, be adopted as in- 
dustry practice by FCC fiat, trade 
opinion seems to be that the filial 
Commission decision will be in the 
nature of a compromise. 

It's expected the FCC will author- j 
ize RCA, NBC. DuMont, and others ] 
iri favor of expanding tele in its 
present stage of progress, to go 
ahead. Iri'this event, CBS had staled 
its television activities based at. 
WCBW. N- Y., will continue; The 
network; of course, is not engaged in 
set manufacture, and according to a 
statement by v. p.- Paid Keslen some 
months ago, has no intention of 
entering that field. ;, 
; In . addition to a green light' for 
"tele now," the FCC also is expected 
to make a strong pitch for concen- 
trated . experimentation, lab wonk 
and authorize actual operations in 
I tele's, upper stratosphere. . where. 
[ CBS spokesmen maintain, it's bound 
; to wind up anyway. For this, reason, 
they entered strong pleas before the 
Commission hinging on a possible 
disastrous public reaction if millions 
of home tele receivers were to be- 
come obsolete overnight because of 
new and improved techniques. .. / -''." 

For three days last week reps of 
RCA, NBC. DuMont and the Tele- 
vision Broadcasters Assn. held forth 



senlatiort would find favor with the) 
public. Another factor stressed by 
"now" advocates was the postwar 
employment pic with claims being 
made tele manufacturers, if allowed 
to go ahead, would be able to pro- 
vide jobs for hundreds of thousand* 
■of returning GIs. AFL reps also 
entered 'the pic with requests that 
lele .be allowed to go ahead as soon 
as possible! Union . pitch, naturally, . 
j'was- on the- basis of employment 
I prospects. ■-■.', -' : '•" 

See Prompt Decish - 

j Hearings wind up Thursday; '2), 
• after teeing off Sept. 28, with! new 
: frequencies likely to be served up to 
an anxious industry before- Jan. '1. 
I, In addition- to television alloeashes, 
hearings also dealt with FM, fac- 
t simile, educational needs, police and 
I fire requirements. international 
j aspects, in fact, the entire spectrum. 
State Dept. is anxious to have the 
wave band sliced up authoritatively 
at earliest possible moment so U. S.'s 
position will be "on the record" well 
| in advance of next year's Pan- 
American conference skedded for 
Rio de Janiero. 

Fly's reported retirement from the 
FCC also is seen as a factor favoring 
prompt action on. the final decisions. 



Norfolk— Bill Diehl, sports ed of 
the Ledger- Dispatch, has signed con- 
tract for 15-minute sporlscasts Frl- 



at the Washington allocations hear- | day and Saturday at 6 p.m. over 
ings stating their views that present- | WGH. Northrop Sports Shop spon- 
day images and programming pre- sors program. 



Follow-up Comment 



Why the Jimmy Duranle-Garry 
Moore Friday night Camel , show 
doesn't, snare a higher rating still- 
remains a mystery, Last Friday (27 i 
it was grooved into its usual boff 
comedy pattern, with the Sc.hnoz and 
Moore clicking solidly on the laugh 
routines. As scripting jobs go these 
. days on comedy shows, this one in- 
variably hits on all cylinders. -. There 
are few dull moments and the Geor- 
gia Gibbs vocal confrib remains tops. 
But that rating payoff, still doesn't 
make sense. ' ,: ■' ■ /' / 



It still isn't too late to rescue 
Danny Thomas from that small-town, 
cracker-barrel philosophy stuff that's 
been dwarfing his talents on the Fan- 
nie Brice Sunday night CBS -.Hirer, 
That invention' song and monster 
creation insert on last Sunday's 1 29) 
stanza again proved that here is a 
potentially natural comedian for 
radio — if given the right material, 
i.e., letting him be Danny Thomas. 



'Here's to Romance" for Bourjoi 
has been given a face-lifting/and 
Thursday's (26) program came over 
as a sock '-musical presentation. Line- 
up has Ray Bloch's orch and chorus: 
Larry Douglas, crooner; Jim Ameche 
announcer and weekly guesters. but 
its essentially Bloch's show. He's 
one of the few to deliberately phrase 
his instrumentation for strictly mike 



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DON'T FENCE ME IN 

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What Are You Doin" the 

music by Burton Lane 
lyrics by Ted Koehler 
published by Harms, Inc. 

tens For My Country 

music and lyrics by 
Leah Worth, Jean Barry and Dick Charles 
published by Remick Music Corp. 



Im'sI ballad In y<»ars! 

SWEET DREAMS, 
SWEETHEART 

music by M. K. Jerome 
: lyric! by Ted Koehler 
published by Remick Music Corp. 

You Can Always 
Tell A Yank 

music by Burton Lane 
lyrics by E. Y. Harburg 
published by Remick Music Corp. 

Hollywood Canteen 

music by M. K. Jerome : : ; 
lyrics by Ted Koehler and Ray Heindorf 
published by Remick Music Corp. 



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THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOD 

music and lyrics by Ray Noble 
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Still go ing strong! 



HOW MANY HEARTS HAVE YOU DROKEN 



(Willi Those Greal Big Beautiful Eyes) 

music by Al Kaufman '■' 
lyrics by Marty Symes 

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Singin' Down the Rood A Little On the Lonely Side 

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ORCHESTRAS— MUSIC 



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Bandleaders Plenty Burned Up 
At Decca Handling of Their Discs 



It's no secret that bandleaders andf 
their managers are burned plenty at 
Decca Records for the manner in 
which the recording company has 
been managing their releases during 
recent months. However, the sit- 
uation has reached the point, accord- 
ing to conversations with various 
leaders affiliated with the company, 
where Decca will be placed in -the 
position of either building itself new 
names in the postwar era (or pos- 
sibly before, if Columbia and Victor 
sign with Petrillo) or acquiring 
them from rival companies. 

These leaders are so incensed at 
Decca's practice of devoting the ma- 
jority of its . production to more 
profitable albums and other tna- 
. terial, virtually brushing them aside, 
that many of them have already had 
talks with rival ; companies relevant 
to contracts, or intend to in the very 
near future. They understand the 
problems that all recording com- 
panies have faced since the start of 
the war in getting production, but 
the leaders still feel that Decca 
hasn't given them anywhere near a 
fair shake. 

It's quite possible, too, although 
far-fetched, that future contracts be- 
tween leaders and record companies 
will have clauses added. Many 
agreements now call for a company 
to guarantee a band a certain num- 
ber of sides yearly. It wasn't until 
the current situation that leaders 
realized that this guarantee called 
for the sides to be made with no 
contractual assurance that even a 
percentage of them would be mar- 
keted/ 



Uington Won't Need 
Haircut ; Carnegie Again 

Duke Ellington's orchestra . will 
play another concert at Carnegie 
Hall, N. Y., on Dec. 19. This is his 
third such date, at the longhair tem- 
ple.' ,:' f, '-.'.•>' ,.'..'. 

Prior to the N. Y. date; Ellington's 
combo will play a string of six con- 
certs in the eastern area. : :• 



Artie Shaw Having 
toum 

Sidemen for New Band 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Artie Shaw has been having dif< 
ficulty rounding up musicians for his 
new band. , He has been making 
overtures to men in almost every 
one of the top name outfits, and up 
until last week still had not man- 
aged to corral a complete outfit 
Shaw is using 17 men beside him- 
self, dispensing with strings for the 
present.-;. ," ■].■■ ;:-.;•';'..•:''. 

Reluctance of men to throw in 
with Shaw is based, according to 
the conversation of musicians who 
have been approached by him, on 
his notorious habit of disbanding 
quickly. There are other factors, 
too, stemming from his days in the 
Navy as head of a uniformed combo. 

Roy -Eldredge, Negro trumpeter, 
broke up his band and pulled out of 
N.Y. to join Shaw here. He's as 
sertedly drawing $750 weekly, but 
that seems high; ' 



Yankee DB Pub 
Outfits Merged 

Two music firms owned by 
Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey have 
been merged, final papers having 
been signed yesterday (Tuesday).. 
Outfits involved are the Yankee and - 
Dorsey Bros, outfits, the former 
owned outright by Tommy Dorsey 
and the Dorsey Bros/ operation 
owned by both Tommy and Jimmy 
equally. Both are ASCAP outfits. 

George Mario, who' had been pro- 
fessional manager - of the DB firm 
will continue as head of the merged 
outfit, which will retain the DB 
tag. Jack Johnstone, who managed 
Yankee and Embassy, Tommy Dor- 
set's BMI-affiliated firm, will con- 
tinue to run the latter outfit. Em- 
bassy is owned solely by TD. 

Dorsey Bros, next plug tune will 
be "I Should Care," from the pic- 
ture, "Thrill of a Romance," which 
TD recently completed for Metro. 
It was written by Sammy Cahn, 
Paul Weston and Axel Stordahl. 



OBERSTEIN EXTENDS 
DEAL FOR PRESSINGS 

Eli Oberstein last week* signed an 
agreement extending his "Hit" rec 
ord pressing deal with Scranton 
Manufacturing Co. for an undisclosed 
term. Oberstein refuses to reveal 
the length of the contract or what 
sort of minimum production in hi 
behalf it calls for, simply stating that 
it is commensurate with his previous 
agreement. 

Scranton earlier this year became 
Involved with Capitol Records in 
Stock deal, and it was expected that 
at the termination of Oberstein's con- 
tract with Scranton that he would 
be turned out and the production in 
volved turned toward Capitol. 



Argi 



ue Dismissal Of 
'Hit Parade' Song Sui 

Motion will be argued tomorrow 
(Thursday) in supreme court, N.Y 
for dismissal of Advanced 1 Music Co," 
suit against American Tobacco Co 
and Foote, Cone & Beldirig, sponsor 
and ad agency of the Lucky Strike 
"Hit Parade," This move by the 
makers of Lucky Strikes is against 
'he amended suit filed by Advanced 
°ver the sorig, "Don't Sweetheart 
Me." First actmrrhad-beeirxtismisjed 
Suit stems from what the song's pub 
■shers fef 1 was an unfair represents 
Hon of the tune oh 'Parade.' 

Judge Hecht will hear the argu 
mcnt. 



Joe Glaser heads coastward Nov. 
°n one of his frequent business trips. 
H e 11 be west two weeks. 



Song Riles Sinatra -Who's 
Later Solicited for Plug 

Calmer counsel prevailed on 
Frank Sinatra not making a situa- 
tion out of Fred Hillebrand's song, 
"Clear It With Sidney," at the New 
York Circus Saints & Sinners 
luncheon last Thursday t26) honor- 
ing The Voice. As Sinatra tells it, "I 
thought i was the Fall Guy, not 
President Roosevelt." . .. 

Hillebrand not only authored but 
sang the ditty, as part of the CS&S' 
monthly shindig,. at -which one or an- 
other personality is the "Fall Guy." 
Topper occurred two days later when 
songsmith Hillebrand sent a new 
tune to Sinatra and solicited him 
for a plug. . : 

The Voice, of course, is perhaps 
one of the widest-known pro-Roose- 
veltites, hence the great surprise at 
the capacity turnout at the Wal- 
dorf-Astoria for the luncheon. Next 
month's Fall Guy is Marshall Field 
3rd, and Edgar Bergen (who was in- 
troduced from the audience) is 
slated for the January frolic. Last 
month's Fall Guy, Mike Todd, was 
also introduced by Gene Buck, who 
was subbing for Jimmy Walker, 
CS&S pre?, who was out through 
illness. . .. ;-/.;'.'-' '•■'.'• 



Spivak Switch to Wm Morris Cues 
Situation on N. Y. Hotel Penn Date 



Usherette's Blues . 

Los Angeles, Oct. 31. 
Theatre managers, who have 
been wondering why usherettes 
quit their jobs, found a new 
answer at the Orpheum where 
Erskine Hawkins' band is cur- 
rent. When asked why she was 
walking out after one day's 
work,, the gal answered: "The 
music is too loud," 



AFM TRACKING DOWN 
PLATTER BOOTLEGGERS 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. . 
Hijacking of band music from ra- 
dio shows is under investigation by 
the American Federation of Musi- 
cians. Discs pressed from air checks 
reportedly are being bootlegged at 
upped prices to private buyers and 
unscrupulous juke box operators. 

Racket was brought to light when 
Spike Jones complained that a 
dubbed version of his broadcast, 
'Cocktails for Two" was being 
played on the jukes. AFM checking 
all recording and dubbing. outfits to 
scotch the gimmick at its source. 

Another abuse being smoked but 
is the sale of genuine recordings of 
top bands at premium prices by un 
authorized salesmen. Pressings also 
are being made from originals and 
bootlegged in sections of the country 
where shortages occur and peddlers 
are less liable to detection; c.-~^-' 



Cincy Musician's Suit 
Vs. AFM May Be Settled 

■ Cincinnati, Oct. 31. 

Suit of William M. Knox against 
the Cincy local Df the American 
Federation of Musicians for rein- 
statement in the union, a $5,000 judg- 
ment and an order preventing the 
local from collecting $2,000 due on a 
$2,500 fine, is likely to be settled out 
of court. Such a prospect loomed 
Saturday < 28) after a two-day hear- 
ing that was recessed until Wednes- 
day 1.1). by Judge Fred L. Hoffman 
in common pleas court here. , .-, 

Knox, a violinist and orchestra 
committee chairman of the Cincy 
Symphony, drew a six months' sus- 
pension and $2,500 fine last May after 
a hearing before officials of the local 
on a charge of holding a meeting to 
discuss possible disbanding of the 
orchestra. He lost an appeal to the 
AFM executive board. 

An attempt by Joseph A. Padway, 
chief American Federation of Labor 
counsel, on from Washington for the 
case, and Clare Yarwood, attorney 
for Knox, to reach a settlement was 
made on the second day of the hear- 
ing at a, lengthy conference in the 
judge's chambers. 



Blue, Square Deal Set 
Up Slates for Local 802, 
N. Y. Executive Posts 

Blue •incumbent), Square Deal 
and Unity tickets completed slates 
this week in the forthcoming De- 
cember election at Local 802, N. Y. 

Candidates on the Blue are Jack 
Rosenberg, for president; Dick Mc- 
Cann, veepee: Harry Suber, treas- 
urer, and William Feinberg, secre- 
tary, all now holding these offices. 
Square Deal runners are Max 
Aarons, Sherman Brande, Dave 
Michlin and Eddie Horn, for prez 
veepee, treasurer and secretary. 
Horn has been a Blue ticket man 
for 10 years, holding office on the 
local's trial board. 

Blue executive board candidates 
are Hermaft Tiven, Charles Iucci 
Ernie Wagner, John Long, George 
Laendner. Bob Stern:;, Sam Suber, 
Emil Balza and Henry Macara. 
Macara and Wagner are newcomers. 
Square Dealers running for execu- 
tive board posts are Martin Berger, 
Fowler Hayes, Isadbre Meyer, Andy 
Pine, Bert Smith, Sam Raderman, 
Paul Rickenback, John Sylvester 
and Elizabeth Barry, . Raderman is 
now a member of the local's trial 
board, a former Blue member. 

Unity ticket is running Calmen 
Fleisig for president; Joseph 
LeMaire, v.p i'Al Rederman, sec, and 
Nicholas Vitalo, treasurer. Executive 
board candidates are Jerry Barton 
Maurice Benavente, Charlie Bow- 
man, Al Greengold, Joseph Malkin, 
Al ..." 'Manuti, . Victor Montes, Ray 
Parker and Al Stanley : Trial board 
runners are Irving Bloom, Tom 
Connelly, Leo Farberman, Bobby 
New-field. Frank Levin. Al Nathan, 
Henri Knoel iFoillard), Kenneth 
ROane and Jerry Lesly. 
: Campaign policy "of Blue leaders, 
will be on:" the basis of the work 
done by- that administration in its 
ten-year tenure. Square Deal is 
electioneering oil the ground that 
many abuses exist "which should be_ 
eliminated. Latter policy on the 
part of the Dealers came as a sur 
prise, since it means Ihe party will 
eschew personalities, this -.being the 
slant expected when Arohs scrammed 
the Blue recently. . .. . 

However, the various factions are 
not by-passing opportunities to 
smear one another. Aarons' backers 
got out a pamphlet last week aimed 
at Jack Rosenberg, with whom the 
former became embroiled in a bitter 
argument, resulting in Aarons' de- 
sertion of the Blue ticket and his 
own candidacy for Rosenberg's job. 

Rosenberg is also said to be pre- 
paring a pamphlet primed for 
Aarons^ '. 



CoUCA Hold Off 
On Disc-AFM Deal 



It's probable that Columbia and 
RCA-Victoi' recording companies 
will delay negotiations for a settle- 
ment of their fight with the Ameri- 
can Federation of Musicians until 
after election. Executives of both 
companies and their attorneys, in- 
cluding David Sarnoff, head of RCA, 
met in N. Y., Monday (30) afternoon 
to decide their future course. It's 
claimed their decision was to . delay 
action until after next Tuesday (7). 

If no move by the President or 
Fred Vinson, Economic Stabilizer, in 
whose lap the disc hot potato has 
been resting for some time, is then 
forthcoming, the probability is that 
the disc companies will sit down 
with Petrillo and work out an agree- 
ment that will put them back in 
action. Companies would already 
have signed with Petrillo but for 
Vinson's request of last week for a 
delay,,; 1 ■ 



JIM TYSON JOINS MCA 

Jimmy Tysbn. Philadelphia agent, 
joins Music" Corp. of America's band 
department in N. Y.. Nov. 15. He's 
selling his Philly 'business to Con- 
naught Si Martin. • . 



Plugger's Switch To 
Burke Excites Dreyfus 

Shift of Eddie Shaw, contact man 
from T. B. Harms to Burke-Van 
Heusen last week brought about an 
argument between Max Dreyfus and 
Burke executives. Dreyfus is said 
to have burned because Shaw al 
legedly accepted the new post before 
giving notice at Harms, which vi 
olates a Contact Men's union regu 
iation,. He held Burke executives re 
sponsible. ' ■ 

Dreyfus apparently paid Shaw off 
rather than . let him work out the 
usual two weeks' notice. He started 
at Burke Monday '30.). 



NEW BOBBY SHERWOOD 
COMBO SET FOR DEC. 

Bobby Sherwood temporarily dis- 
banded his orchestra after finishing 
a week at the Auditorium, Buffalo, 
with the "Water Follies" Sunday 
night 129). He goes to the Coast 
immediately with certain key men 
from the present outfit, to rebuild 
the band and return east, He has 
been dissatisfied for some time with 
his present combo. 

While on the Coast. Sherwood will 
make recordings for Capitol with 
the reorganized group. He returns 
to open at the Sherman hotel, Chi- 
cago, Dec. 15. . 



Bandsmen aware of the situation 
have for several weeks been watch- 
ing the progress of a "game" involv- 
ing Charlie Spivak, the Hotel Penn- 
sylvania, N. Y., and the General 
Amus. trad William Morris agencies. 

Spivak, now booked by GAC, 
moves next March to the William 
Morris management, and GAC 
doesn't exactly relish the idea. Be- 
cause of this, GAC, which more or 
less, holds an exclusive on Penn 
bookings, allegedly is trying to block 
Spivak out of the hotel's Cafe 
Rouge.- . . *,;_'- "'..■"■ 

Spivak has played the Penn twice, 
one of his runs allegedly piling up 
the best gross the spot ever experi- 
enced. Spivak himself talked to 
James McCabe, Penn major domo, - 
for another booking there, but ap- 
parently could get nowhere. He was 
seeking the time open, beginning 
Feb. 12 (following Les Brown, who 
opens Dec. 4 for eight weeks), but 
GAC effectively snagged him at 
every, turn, finally setting Jimmy 
Dorsey for that date for eight weeks. 

Spivak is now due into the Com- 
modore hotel, N, Y., a Morris agency 
exclusive, following Hal Mclntyre, . 
around the first week in January. 
Mclntyre. replaces the current 
Vaughn Monroe Dec. 7, a deal that 
has been expected for weeks, but 
which wasn't definitely set until last 
Wednesday (25). Spivak's booking, 
ironically enough, went through 
GAC since it has the band until next 
March.- 

This is the second time Spivak has 
gotten himself in the middle because 
of switching contract affiliations. 
Two years ago he quit Columbia 
Records for an RCA-Victor contract, 
unhappily making the move right 
after James C. Petrillo, prez o( the 
American Federation' of Musicians, 
cracked down on recordings. Co- 
lumbia burned because of the way 
the shift was maneuvered, removed 
all Spivak discs from the market 
and hasn't issued one since. Leader 
hasn't yet made one side for Victor 
because of the fight with . Petrillo, 
and the circumstances unquestion- 
ably have delivered, his band's prog- 
ress a hard blow. 



McGrane Up Before AFM 
On Rehearsal Pay Rap 

Don McGrane, bandleader at the 
Latin Quarter, N. Y. nitery. was up 
before the local 802, N. Y, trial 
board last week on charges pre- 
ferred against him for failure to pay 
rehearsal salaries. McGrane played 
Loew^s Slate theatre. N. Y , recently 
with a band built for the purpose, 
which he rehearsed two full after- 
noons without extra puy on the un- 
derstanding that pay- and no time 
limitations applied to such practice 
runs. 

McGrane' told the trial board that 
an 802 delegate informed him that 
no rehearsal pay was necessary 
when a new band is formed. That's 
true with bands that will remain 
together, but McGrane's outfit was 
built for the one theatre week only 
to avoid conflictiotv with the Latin 
Quarter performances. . ; 

Trial board told McGrane to pay 
half the rehearsal salaries under the 
circumstances, but this the ' leader 
refused to do. It's still hanging fire. 

Jack White Backing 

Jimmy Palmer Combo 

Jack White, brother of George 
White, is involved in the financing 
of the Jimmy Palmer band, cur- 
rently at Frank Dailey's Terrace 
Room, Newark, N. J. He. took over 
the financial problems of the or* 
che.slra a couple weeks ago. after 
Palmer had struggled along for 
months without financial assistance. 

Palmer's crew is the old Gracie 
.Barrie orchestra, before that led by 
Dick Stabile, Miss Barrie's husband, 
who is now. in the Coast Guard. 
Palmer's basic library is from that 

outfit. ;: 



Pub Outfit to Handle 
Voice's Film Scores May 
Be Bankrolled By Par Pix 

Negotiations are. underway be- 
tween Paramount Pictures, Frank 
Sinatra, and Sammy Cahn and Julie 
Styne, .songwriters, f° r the estab- 
lishment of a music firm designed 
primarily to publish all the scores 
from Sinatra's pictures. Cahn and 
Styne write, all his pic material and, 
under the arrangement, it's claimed, 
they would have a '24% slice of the 
firm, with Par owning 25% and 
Sinatra 51%. Paramount pictures 
would finance the venture. 

Several meetings hav'e occurred 
on the subject, but so f ar the deal is 
still in the planning stase. If it goes 
through, it's asserted Sydney Korn- 
heiser, general manager of the Para- 
mount owned music firms, would 
supervise the new outfit. No title 
for the latter has yet been broached. 
Sinatra is affiliated with Barton 
Music Co., also. 



PETRILLO BAN KEEPS 
PALISADES CLOSED 

- Los Angeles. Oct. 31. 

Pacific Palisades Ballroom, re- 
cently closed by order of James 
Petrillo for non-payment of musi- 
cians' salaries, is not likely to reopen 
until next Spring, if at all. 

Walter Newcombe, owner of the 
building, refuses; • to pay back 
salaries due to Tommy Reynolds and 
band for an engagement last sum- \ 
mer when the place was leased to Al 
Yohe. Meanwhile, Lew Gray, ork. 
leader who had optioned the place 
for two years, may lose the lease. 
Owner says the maestro has neg- 
lected to post bonds required by the 
terms of the lease. 



Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van 
Heuesn were signed by Wesley 
Ruggles to score "London Town," to 
be filmed, in England .with an all- 
British cast. - 



Tests White Plains Dates 

Jimmy "-Evans, N. Y. dance pro- 
moter, will test one-nigliters again 
at the large County Center, White 
Plains, N. Y. He has booked Louis 
Prima's orchestra for Sunday <5). 

Name band qne-riighters at- the 
spot haven't been run on any con- 
sistent basis for ov' - two yeiirs. : 



U ORCHESTRAS-MUSIC 



Wednesday, November 1, 19 \\ 



NBC, CBS, Blue, Mutual Plugs 



title . : 'publisher 

A Kiv? to Remember . . — .... •• . ..Lnimiii 

AX\\*^— •"Cbri-ur.a- Holiday"' ; --.'...,, . ... ..Berlin 

An Hour Never. Passes- -,$lm'|i|ro 
Come With Sle My -'lioncy ., ',..,-■,.., vSuiiUy 

Coe.re-,-'.' -., .,..•.,...,...,,..■;.,...,.;.■' ,. •• ' . . Bonn e ... 

Dance. Willi a .Dolly -. . .. . V • .....Shapiro- 

Day After Forever.— .' Going My Way" . ,". . Burke. 

Don't You Know 1 Care, .... .,.«:. .. . ... . ... Paramount 

How Many Hearts Have Y'ou Broken?. .. .... . . ... Advanced 

lDontWant io.Love.Yo.il , . Cla-Nra 

I Di m in oi You „ ...'.,..,...,.., . , : . Embassy : 

■I'll WalK Alone- Follow the Boys" ...,.'... Morns 

I'm Makiiig Believe— ."Sweet and Lowdowir' .„-, ... , . . „ BVC 
In\ itauor. To the Blues . . . . . . " . . ... = . .... .('anllo! 

Is You I* Or M. You Ain't— r'Follow the Bo;> -s"'. . . Leeds 
It Had to' Be You — ."Show Business". ... . .... , ; . . . .Reiiyick 

Let lis Love You Tonifiht .......... . ............... Hubljiiis 

S" xH" and : Lovely , "2 Girls and Sailor' .............. i'Y ;>t 

The Veiv Thought: of You— 1"Very Thought of -Vou... . . Wilnuirk 

Tieo Tieo— Balhir/a Beauty" '.;. .. . . . .. , . Southern. . 

'To.geth'er— f.Si'rice You Went Away" , .Ci.iwford . 

Trollev. Son^— -'■Meet Me in St. LoiUa" ... ,',.',,,,., ,Fe.i>! 
Two Agar" . ■• Southern. 

What a Dtffcieoce a Day . Makes, , . . ." Muks 

Whrsixnuig---: Gu-c-' v.'rh Village" . .. . . . V, SttUer 



t Fifiiuisieat, 



10 Best Sellers on Coin-Machines 

(Record* below tire grubbing most nickels this week in .jukeboxes 
throughout the country as reported by operators to "Variety." Names of 
mori than one bond or vocalist after the title indicates, in order of popu- 
larity, whose recordings art being played. Figures and names in parent 
thesis indicate the number of weeks each song has been in the listings ' 
and respective publishers.) ; , 

1. I'll Walk Alone (10) (Morris).;,;;...;.. •! Mary. Martin. Decca 

( Dinah Shore. ...Victor 

%■ U You Is Ov la You Ain't (IS) (Leeds) . . j Crosby-Andrews Sis.,; Decca 

( Louis Jordan. . , , , .Decca 

3. How- Many Hearts (8) (Advanced). .. . .. Three Suns ......... ' Hit 

4. Dance With Dolly (5) (Shapiro). .... . ;. i Evelyn Knight. .... ; Decca 

llouy Pastor...., .Bluebird 

• 5, Always Hint One Ypu Love (15) (Sun)..-!™' 11 * B c° S ' •••••• •- • Dc 'cca 

(Three Suns .Hit 

«. -Trolley Song (2) (Feist) Pled Pipeis, ... , , .Canito) 

T. Sweet and Lovely (81 <Feist) 5' nS ■ c ' , °f ti >^ >-.- Decca 

• - ) Russ Colombo... . .. .Victor 

8 Swingin' on Star (131 (Burke),,. ,;■; ;. . . \ 2" lg , . Cro - s ". v , • • • • .. -Decca. 

( Freddie Slack .. Capitol 

9. Together (4) (Crawford) ...,.,......;. \ Haymes-Foi rest. , ... ./.DoceST 

.." ■;' .: '. -. -:' .'■ : {.Tommy Dorsey ........ . Victor 

10. Hot Time Town Berlin (1) (Barton). . . .. Crosbv-Andicws . . Decca 



Decca Dentures Grind 
Over Col's Bing Album 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Columbia . ■Recording Company's 
rei.wie ot a complete album of old 
Bin? Crosby "reeoids- is causing 
Decca to burn. Album consists of 
smash hits of a period when Crosby 
waS. .in' his best .voice, .according to 
critics... ■• v - 
! Among the nines are "Shine," in 
which' Crosby was : backed by the 
Mills Brothers. "Down the Old Ox 
Road." "Thanks" and other pop 
songs o£ an earlier day. 



Song Shark Bagged 

. U. ' S Post Ollicc authorities 
cracked down , on a song shark in 
Brooklyn last-veek, securing an in- 
dictment against Noel Oju-oh Bncr; 
operator of Vaiiderbilt. . Music .Stu- 
dios. Baer K accused of mulct my 
amateur.; songwriters, by .supply . ng 
musie to then words and promising 
to copyiight and have them pub- 
lished. He admittedly; made ;as ! 
much as $5,000 weekly in tins way, 
Artluir Hoflman. of the Music 
Publishers ; Protective Assn., which 
lias for years ..been active against 
such sharks, testified against Baer 
before a grand jury 



10 Best Sheet Sellers 

(Week eudiiio Oct. 28 1 

Dance With' Dolly . . . Shapiro 

I'll Walk Alone, . : ... .„ .Morris 

Always. .v. ,. -Berlin 

Together ; ... .... . .Crawford 

Trolley Song. ! . . . ....... ... Feist 

.Swingin' oh Star. ..... Burke 

How Many Hearts. >, . . Adyaiiced 
You Always Hurt ; . .Sim- 
Hot .Time Town. Berlin. . , Barton 
An Hour Never Passes. ■'.Shapiro 



MAESTRO DISC TO BILL 
ARTIST, BURY WAX CO. 

. . . Holly wood; Oct: U. 
.' Artie .Schwartz and Freddie 
Martin, owners of Maestro, will is- 
sue' their- records with a hew . type 
of label, featuring the artist first 
the tune second and. the company 
last, a revolutionary. d -pai-lure- from 
the 'old- custom. In' addition, each 
platter will cany a photo ot the 
vocalist or ork leader 

"People who buy records." 
Schwartz explained, "are in teres led 
primarily, in the artist ami tl-.o tune, I 
They don t give a. hairst what com- 
oanv made the disc 

Mass. Dancery Settling 

Snarl on Band Date 

Coral Gables, Weymouth. Mass, 
band spot, has gotten itself. -ill the 
middle ot a contract mixup. Johm > 
'Richards orchestra., which, played, 
one week, then gave way to Louis 
Prima's outfit, was -supposed to re- 
turn. Friday, (3) for another two, but 
Tommy Reynolds' crew was booked 
to open the same day for a long run. 

Richards, of course, is not. booked 
anywhere'- else due to his expecta- 
tion of returning to the Gables. Situ- 



James' New 1 -Niters 

Harry, James' band will play five 
or six one-nighters in the eastern 
area, following his two weeks at 
Frank Da iley's.Meadowbrook, Cedar 
Grove, N J., which he reopened last 
n ighi (Tuesday >. Dates will be laid 
out ".-later; this week and may include 
Canada. He s oookea to entrain 
from Chicago for the Coast on 
Nov. 18. .-.:'.•'..-. 

James finished a fortnight of one- 
nighters through the south and mid- 
dlewest just before opening at 
Daileys, Actual results are not 
known in N. Y'. yet since they were 
booked by MCA Chicago and Dallas 
offices, but it's known they were big 

b.o. -v.'-,-' :•'.'-•■'■. '■' ::■ ■ *'.'•■ ■;■;',' '. ' 



Jordan Nixes Pennsy 
To Dodge Wife Trouble 

Louis Jordan cancelled two onev 
night dates m Pennsylvania the' lat- 
ter part of last w eek on very short 
notice to avoid .difficulties witll / his 
ivite, with whom he has been having 
legal -difficulties in that, slate. He 
refused to play scheduled dates fii 
Philadelphia Friday (27), tot Reesa 
Dupree and another Monday (,10i at 
Chester, Pa. ; ; .'- 
. His agency, General . Amus Corp., 
wasn't aware of" the exact nature ot 
the niariial difficulties when check- 
ed, but admitted the sudden cancella- 
tions. : •■■■.' '.'■ ■ .'■■ ■. - ; . ' "* ".:, ' ■.' 



ALL ABOARD FOR THE BIGGEST NOVELTY SONG OF THE YEAR! 




Words and Muik by HUGH MARTIN and RAIPH BIANE 




Sung "by Judy Garland in M-G—tfa BHIT ME IN ST. LOUIS 




GREAT POPULAR STANDARD NOW A HIT REVIVAL 





Words and Musk by GUS ARNHEIM, MARRY TOBIAS and JUlf S LEMARE 



featured by Harry James in M-G-M f s TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR 




WUC. 1619 BROADWAY, N. Y. 19 



HA**Y LINK, Omn. Prof. Mgr. 
OCOftOf DALIN, Prof. Mgr. 



Wetliiesilny, November ], 1944 



it 



One of the Greatest Songs to Come Out of This War 

I HAD A LITTLE TALK WITH THE LORD 



Lyrist ly 
MANN CURTIS 



Verse :- 




Dusk was falling on the Pacific; 
All was strangely still, 
In the silence before the battle, 
In a fox-hole in Bougainville. 
Faces were tense and waiting 
'fill a boy brought neM hope 
Their way and f earlessly told 
H is buddies — t 

As they knelt to God to pray. 



MY DREAMS ARE GETTING 
BETTER ALL THE TIME 

By MANN CURTIS and VIC MIZZY 

From The Universal Piefur* 'IN SOCIETY 



PHIL MOORE'S Successor 
to SHOO. SHOO. BABY 

I'M GONNA SEE MY BABY 

Feature*! in Coliiml>uiV Forthcoming;; 
'EA DIE WAS A LADY" 




TOMMY VALANDO, Prof. Mgr. 

• to Y@rlt __________ 

\ milll MACK COOPER JOE S0L0M0H 



1619 Broadway, Mew York IS 



MILLER 



JACK Ffl\ 



OAtlE BERCJI 



S8 



ORCHESTRAS— MUSIC 



Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



Inside Stuff-Orcheslras--Music 

While it's admittedly no secret that the idea was proposed for Harry 
Fox to handle the trusteeship of music copyrights on an individual basis, 
the latter states that would not be feasible. For one thing that's a province 
which belongs to the Music Publishers Protective Assn., .of which he is 
an employee, just as Walter Douglas, the WPP A piez, also is an employee. 
Hence, any siphoning off of the-percehtage fees accruing from sale of ; sync 
rights; • which is what Fox handles, among other things, must perforce 
minimize the MPPA's financial structure. 

, Herman Starr, head of the Warner Bros raiwc interests, of course, has 
been handling his own sync rights for some four years, ever since the WB 
music pubs resigned from the MPPA. Stai r is Known to be opposed to the 
idea of a trade association, like MPPA also ofliciafing in a business sense 
as Si trustee for the music publishers, and; has long advocated the divorce- 
ment of both functions. . ... .. 



BOB ALLEN DICKERING 
REPUBLIC PIC PACT 

Bob Allen, vocalist with Tommy 
Dorsey, is dickering with Republic 
pictures on a term contract as an 
actor. He's to leave Dorsey's or,- 
chestra soon, at the expiration of a 
year's contract, , 

Freddie Stewart replaces Allen 
with Dorsey. He's getting $300 
Weekly, not. the previously reported 
$25,000 yearly. 



Several bandleaders have had their'acoountants working overtime past 
weeks figuring out how much their agencies owe them due to the fact 
thev have been paying commission on transportation expenses, contrary 
to the American Federation of Musicians' regulations. They figured on 
presenting a bill for overpayments, but the actions may not go through. 
Some of the maestros, when apprised of what they would recover, feel 
the amount is too small to create ill will with their agents. 

AFM rule on commission after transportation deductions was made 
effective two years ago. It was followed, in the majority of cases, by 
rewriting of contracts between leaders and agencies, the renewals calling 
for full commission payments allowed by the AFM. whereas some bands 
have -been, paying less. ■,'•:'•' ■;'v'. v vt.: .• J"'- 



Pittsburgh Symphony Orch, under baton of Fritz Reiner, is going Broad- 
way and Hollywood with a bang this season. On Dec. 4, few days before 
it wilL be heard from the stage in Billy Rose's ' Seven Lively Arts," Reiner 
has scheduled for its first performance anywhere William Schuman's "Side 
Show for Orchestra;" and in February hell play the world premiere of 
Robert Russell Bennett's symphonic arrangement of Richard Rodgers' 
"Oklahoma!" score. Composition . was done by Bennett at the suggestion 
of Rainer. >.••■'; ',' ":' ■'.,-.' •"■'•■•.''■'' 

Also in December, when Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, assistant conductor of 
the Pittsburgh organization, batons, he will include in his program "Valse 
Fantasia," by Lionel Barrymore. "' : •;■/' V; ;■■. .;'..-■„•:. 



Hotel Roosevelt, Washington, has been picketed since last week through 
a strike of hotel employees. The Washington Central Labor Union put 
the hotel on the unfair list, and many persons wondered why union musi- 
cians crossed the picket Une. Local 161 has no jurisdiction over traveling 
bands, and any complaint must come from the International president. 
War Labor Board ordered the strikers to return, but they refused, claiming 
Maria Kramer, proprietor of the hotel, refused to meet their demands. The 
Roosevelt, which houses a number of senators and congressmen, has al- 
ways been non-union. When the strikers walked but. Mrs. Kramer took 
over one of the elevators herself to serve the; guests. Its upper three floors 
is given over to the WAVES. :,: 



Publicity ' given James C. Petrillo, American Federation of Musicians' 
head, since the start of the record controversy, has built up a dictator 
picture of him to people outside the music business. Bands traveling the 
country occasionally run .'into' some unusual questions concerning the union 
boss, particularly since his refusal to heed FDR's request to call off the 
recording ban. . 

One leader was asked — and asked seriously, too— during a recent road 
trip whether he could take a vacation without Petrillo's permission. : 



Continuing the trend toward reviving old hits is the designation by 
Bourne, Inc.. of "Confessin"'; "Take Me in Your Arms." by Mills Music, 
and "Coquette" (Feist) for plug concentration. Numbers were hits about 
ten years ago and are now getting a workout by their respective 
publishers. Selection of the numbers for plugging follows recent revivals 
of "Always." "Sweet 'n' Lovely," "It Had to Be You." "As Time Goes By," 
"I'll Get By" and "Whispering," all similarly oldies. 



Johnny Warrington, staff maestro at WCAU. Philadelphia, "will hot be- 
gin 'construction 'of -a band immediately after finishing at the station Dec. 
31. He feels the chore of starting too tough and too expensive at the 
.moment and will instead come into N Y. to do arranging only. 

Warrington will be replaced as musical director on WCAU by Elliot 
Bro/.a. • ... • ... ' ■ 



Basie's Jump Tunes 
Taken Literally by Fan 

During the final show at the Apollo 
theatre, N. Y., Friday (27), while 
Count Basie's band was playing 

One O'clock Jump." a fellow .stood 
up in the balcony and. with a re- 
mark about being "sent" by trie: band, 
jumped into the orchestra scats. He 
landed unhurt, on two women who 
went to the hospital, '.. -*.'•.-,'.';•! ',. 

Arrested, the guy was given 60 
days by the judge, who asked the 
prisoner if he had anything to say. 

Let Sinatra's bobbysoxers top that 
one" was the retort. He gave his 
name as Benny Porter. "'.':-' 



GLASER ADDS DRAKE 

Harry Drake has been added to 
Joe Glaser's Associated Booking 
Corp. as head of the act and club 
department. V 

Drake formerly was with Freder- 
ick Bros. i ,.' 




Pix Biz 

Continued from page 1 



Art Mooney 

forming a new 



but of 
19-piece 



Army and J 
orchestra. 1 



WUlf JORDAN 



I 



TO BERLE ADAMS: 

"Have set LOUIS .JORU.VN 
for t li «• 1'llilcn 'Hall of 
I'aine' radio hIiow. Sunday, 
November l!Mh. Wish .IOR- 
DAX wattn't booked ho far in 
advance no we could fulfill all 
then- oilier recroesl. for Ills 
personal appearances." 

DANNY HOLLYWOOD 
Radio Production Dept. 

. tieneml- -Amuwment 
Corporation: 



I 



Savitt Nixes N. Y. Copa 

I Jan Savitt turned down a booking 
at the Cppacabana. N. Y., last week, 
lea\;ing . the spot so far without a 
band to follow the current Abe Ly- 
man, .who shifts to the N...Y. Strand 
next • nibnthi Savitt was offered 
$2,500 weekly, which would have al- 
lowed him to break even, but he 
can't see any date; according to his 
answer, that can't make him a profit 
even though there is considerable 
prestige attached to a Copa date. 

Leader is still burned over the 
refusal, of the Palace hotel, San 
Francisco, to let him out of a run 
there • before the expiration of his 
contract, in order to play with 
Frank Sinatra at the Paramount, 
theatre, N. Y. Palace deal was a 
financial loss. \ 



"Don't You Notice 
Anything New?" 



it's 



Andy Russell! 

On Capitol No. 167 



PYRAMID MUSIC CO. 

NKtv tork Chicago nor.r.rwoon 



been reported running at around 
average weekly rental grosses as 
follows: Metro, $1,200,000; 20th-Fox. 
$1,000,000; Paramount, $860,000; War- 
ners, $700,000; RKO Radio, $630,000. 
(Includes shorts, newsreels and 
Canada; excludes foreign distribu 
Hon.)' ' 

Distribution execs report that the 
highest increase in rentals, based on 
b.o, receipts, is recorded for the 
Coast territory, where in some cases 
rentals are up as much as 18% over i 
the same period during the 1943 , 
boom. Rentals reflect a reported . 
increase in theatre receipts of from 
10-15% over last year on the aver- 
age. .';.' ■;"•'..'.'■ ■.: ; ' ; '' V,'v' v; ' '■ ■'■ ':■■;'}:.. 

Analyzing cross-sections of the 
country, major company execs note 
that the Coast areas, both east and 
west, have shown the greatest pro- 
portionate increases. The Coast ter- 
ritory is calculated likely to remain 
a boom sector for the next year or 
two, and possibly longer, with per- 
manent installations apparently be- 
ing made there to accommodate some 
3,000,000 additional residents as the 
tempo of the Pacific war is stepped 
up. That covers the near term 
prospects for the Coast. Obser- 
vers believe that there will be 
a difficult, though likely short, 
period when the inevitable transi- 
tion from war to peacetime industry 
takes place, but that the recovery 
-will be swift and the bulk of the new 
population will likely remain a per- 
manent addition. 

Many non-industrial states have, 
of course, lost population, such a 
shift in population having been duly 
reflected in theatre receipts. On the 
whole, however, the national distri- 
bution returns are up. 

Spotty Tear-End? "■•;'■■ 
That is the picture, according to 
trade analysts, up to the end of 
September. The outlook for the last 
quarter of this year is not quite as 
bright. Some theatre execs report 
spotty business for the first three 
weeks of October, with receipts fall- 
ing below the same weeks in 1943, 
Others, with similar findings, dis- 
count the likelihood of any important 
upward adjustment before the close 
of the year. Allowance is, of course, 
made for variabality in quality of 
product shown in different sectors. 

Thus, when the final returns are 
in for the full 12-month period end- 
ing Dec. 31, 1944, total revenues may 
be about the same or slightly below 
the peak year of 1943. A dip in net 
earnings is expected. 

Noteworthy that cash receipts 
from ; farm marketings for August 
and September were, lower than for 
the same months during 1943, al- 
though total cash income of farmers 
for the first nine months of 1944 is 
up around 6% over 1943 at $13,848,- 
000.000. U. S. Department of Agri- 
culture reports show cash farm re- 
ceipts for August, 1944, at $1,697,000, 
against $1,772,000,000 in August, 1943; 
cash receipts for September, 1944, at 
$1,880,000,000, compared with $1,935, 
:QOP k 0OQ for September, JUH3, „ . 



Bands at Hotel B.O.'s 

(Presented herewith; as a weekly tabulation, is the estimated cover 
charge business being dona by name bands in various New York hotels 
Dinner business (7-10 p.m.) not rated. Figures after name of hotel awe 
room capacity and cover charge. Larger amount designates weekend and 
holiday, price. Compilation is based on period from Monday to Saturday.) 

v '.'.' "' '.' '■ m ., Cover. Total 

Band Hotel &|' k 

Hal Aloma... ....Lexington (300; 75c-$1.50) . . ... .. 2 2,125 260975 

Johnny Long*. . , . New Yorker (400; $1-$1.S0), . . . . .. .. , 13 2,175 28 575 

Frankie Carle; .. . Pennsylvania (500; $1-$1.50). ...... .. 4 2,925 11500 

Nat Brandwynne"'' Waldorf (550; $2) . ... v. , , . , . . . 9 2,750 27 700 

Dean Hudson Lincoln (275: $1-$1.50). . . . ; ; . . 3 1,075 3^075 

Guy Lombardo. .Roosevelt (400; $l-$1.50)...... .5 3,000 16 023 

Enoch Light . . . . Biltmore (400; $1-$1.50) ............. 5 1,200 o|o50 

Vaughn Monroe. .Commodore ( 00; $1-$1.50).. ,.'.«.''' 4 1,975 s!850 

" Asterisks indicate a supporting floor show. New Yorker, Biltmore, have 
ice shows. Lexington, Hawaiian flqor siiow. Victor Borge at Waldorf. 

Chicago , 

Carmen; Cavallairo (Empire Room, Palmer House; 700; $3-$3.50 min) 
Cavallaro pulled in a neat 8.500, 

Glen Gray (Boulevard Room. Stevens hotel; 650; S3-$3.50 min.) Jammed 
hotel helped keep biz at the 4.600 mark. „ • 

Gene Krupa (Panther Room, Sherman hotel; 950; $1.50-$2.50 min.). 
Tomtom; fanatics kept the register jingling with 7,800 tabs. 

Bill Snyder (Mayfair Room, Blackstone hotel; 400: $2.50 min.l. Crowd 
tipped to 3,000 over last week's 2,900. 

Benny Strong (Walnut Room, Bismarck hotel; 465; $1.50-$2.50 min.).. 
Strong still drawing the staider: element; around 2,400 this time. 

••;•;••''• Los Angeles: ; ■': 

Harry Owens (Ambassador; 900: $1-$1.50). Hula-hula catches moola 

with 4,000 tabs. ,- 

Henry King (Biltmore; 900; $1 -$1.50). On the upbeat for heat 4,200 

covers. .'*;'•' " : .'• ;";■ /'•;''•: '' ':. " '■+['<'.■'*. '' . .''"''•. '.■ ■■■ ;.'.'•.'■■'•'' 

Location Jobs, Not in Hotels 

(Los Angeles) 

Woody Herman (Palladium B. Hollywood, second week). Hitting all- 
time high for dollar biz with jammtn' 34,000 payolas; around 35,008 last 
week (first) the second biggest big spot has done without benefit of a 
holiday. , ';",•'; •■','.; 

Frankle Masters (Trianon B, Southgate, first week). Follows a record 
setter, but draws good 7,000. ''':.,•., 

Ted Lewis (Slapsy Maxie's, N, Los Angeles, seventh week). More cus- 
tomers in would push ork out. Capacity still at 5,200. 

• ■• • '■' ; (Chtcogo ). 

Bill Bardo (Latin Quarter; 650; $3-$3.50 min). Bardo and combo of 
Dave Apollon, who closed (26), Diosa Costello and Murtah Sisters, who 
opened, and Wally Vernon holdover, kicked it up to 3,500. 

Gay Clarldge (Chez Paree; 650; $3-$3.50 min.). Claridge and Jane Fro- 
man devotees held it to a sock 5,000. 

Chock Foster (Blackhawk; 500; $l-$2.50 min.). GIs and dates from 
Oriental theatre's "Blind Date" show helped Foster boost it to 4,500. 



Wally Downey has withdrawn 
from Robbins Artists Bureau, the 
latter a subsidiary of Robbins Music^ 
which . retains people like George 
Paxton, Don Darey, Billy Rogers, 
Georgie Auld, Eddie Haywood, Ted- 
dy Walters, et al. 

Downey, Inc., continues its agency, 
with people like Machito's band, the 
DeMarlos and others, besides han- 
dling South American music and 
artists. ■ .'.-.■ '""'."; 

For a time there was an inter- 
locking operation whereby Downey 
also agerited the Robbins people. 



RANCHO TO EE0PEN 

Los Angeles, Oct. 31. ■ 
Riverside /Rancho, partially de- 
stroyed by fire two months ago, will 
reopen Dec. 2, with Spade Cobley 
and ork resuming the jobs they held 
when interrupted by the blaze. 



New Chi Decca Factory 

Chicago, Oct. 24. 

Deal , was set here last week by 
Milton Rachmil, treasurer of Decca 
Records, for establishment of a mid- 
west record factory. Long-term 
lease was signed for five-story build- 
ing on the near-northside. : 

Factory, which will get under way 
as soon as machinery can be de- 
livered, is expected : to employ 
around 400. 



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Helen Carroll Joins Oberstein 

Helen Carroll, for approximately 
20 years secretary to recording di- 
rectors at RCA- Victor studios in N. 
Y., moves Nov. 13 from that outfit 
to become secretary-assistant to Eli 
Oberstein at Classic Record Co. 

Miss Carroll worked with Ober- 
stein When the latter was recording 
director at RCA. . 



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MCA, B&K Finally Settle Dispute Over 
Chi Theatre Dating; Oriental Worried 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
■ Differences between Music Corp, 
of America and the Chicago theatre, 
Chicago, operated by Bala ban & 
Katz . were settled last week follow- 
ing a confab between MCA's Johnny 
Dugan and the theatre's Nate Piatt 
here. Dugan came on from N..Y. to 
meet with Piatt, and the result was 
that MCA will resume servicing that 
house . , 

MCA and the Chicago have been 
at loggerheads for some time over 
Ihe Chicago's former buying prac- 
tices as far as that agency's bands' 
were concerned. It led to the agency 
switching , earlier this .year to the 
Oriental, which subsequently played 
-the. country's hottest musical talent. 
Now the Oriental is said to be eon - 
sjberably bothered *by the patching 
of the Chicago-MCA .dispute, figur- 
ing it will again get second choice 
on available names. 



WMC ORDERS FIRING OF 
11 DETROIT CAFE AIDES 

Detroit. Oct. 31. 

The War Manpower Commission 
has ordered the dismissal of six-' bar-; 
tenders and five stagehands from the 
hew Latin Quarter nitery. here. \ 

The order is the al'termath of an 
investigation by the cbmmissiori into 
charges lhat the new club hired em- 
ployees without , the necessary ' re-; 
leases from; essential-, industries or 
rival spots. Still to be checked are 
106 other employees of the Latin 
Quarter.' ■'.'.-"■ ;; * .■'•'■ ; ... '- 

The commission announced that it 
. would hold the nitery to a ceiling 
of 50' male employees. 



$500,000 Spent in NX). 
Niteries Every Month 

. .'..New Orjearis, Oct. 3. 

Celebrating new-found prosperity, 
or V-Day iiv advance— or just plain 
celebrating— New Orleans nitery cus- 
tomers are shucking out more than 
$500,000 monthly to bulging noctur- 
nal rendezvous tills', it was disclosed 
Friday (27) by Joachim O. Fernan- 
dez, federal collector of internal rev- 
enue for Louisiana. .: '■. ;': 

Monthly night spot bills may add 
up to about $1,000,000 later in the 
winter season, he' revealed. > '. 



Roller 'Vanities' Hot 
$130,000 in MVkee Run 

Milwaukee, Oct. 31. ■ 
The roller show, "Skating Vani- 
ties," which concludes an engage- 
ment of 20 performances tomorrow 
U), has had capacity or near capac- 
ity crowds at every showing. 
■ A total attendance of 100,000 for 
a take of about $130,000, will be 
chalked up when the rim ends. Mil- 
waukee is regarded as the '."Vani- 
ties'!' best town, having had its ori- 
gin here. ... 



Paul Keith's Gift To 
Cardinal O'Connell 
Hiked by $800,000 

Boston. Oct, 31; 

The $2,500,000 estate of the late A, 
Paul Keith, Hub theatre magnate 
whose father. B. F., founded .the 
theatre corporation which became 
the K ; in ,RKO. was increased by 
nearly $800,000 in the 18 years the 
estate was held in trust by the late 
William Cardinal O'Connell. ■': 

Fact turned up? in an accounting 
of the- estate by the trustees follow- 
ing the. death some months ago . of 
the Boston prelate. The statement 
was filed in Suffolk . county register 
of probate here by Joseph E. 
O'Connell, the '.Cardinal's- nephew, 
and the Rt. Rev. Mgr; Jeremiah . P. 
Mhiihan, chancellor of the arch: 
diocese... . "• ■'• 

■The late Cardinal was named trus- 
tee of the. Keith estate in 1923 when 
lie. ..was bequeathed the estate In 
memory of Keith's mother, During 
the 18 years of the. Cardinal's stew- 
ardship, more than $3,000,000 was 
disbursed in construction projects, 
educational, charitable, religious. and 
miscellaneous contributions. De- 
spite this, however, the income from 
investments and -from, the two big 
RKO properties here - i the Keiih 
Memorial and .-the, RKO Boston), 
netted an overall increase in the es- 
tate from $2,406,035 to . $3,175,601.59. 



Ted Slraeter band ', heldover for 
six more weeks at Mol'ambo, Los 
Angeles,-. . V s - • ... . ; '•..,-- 



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Original signs 61 the period, also lamp posts, mail boxes, hitching 
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Hackensack Nitery 
Taken Over By Cuff anti 

. Ai Guffanti, of the N. Y. restau- 
rant clan, has taken over the Theatre 
Tavern. Hackensack, N. J„ nitery,' 
and will install floor show tomorrow 
night i2) comprising new unit of 
Billy Jackson's "Gay Nineties . Re- 
vue", headed by Ruth Goodwin and 
Ray Reilly.- 

* It'll b« th« first ; live ' talent show 
the town has had since razing of the 
old Lyric theatre and the Oritana i 
reversion to straight films over « 
decade ago. " ..;-- ' 



Hirst 111/ Hearing 
Off on Burlesque 
Union's Charges 

Scheduled hearing last : week on 
unfair charges brought by Brother 
i Burlesque) Artist? Assn. against 
Izzy Hirst, theatre operator and head 
of Midwest Burlesque Circuit, didn t 
come off. Instead,, the Associated. 
Actors and Artistes, of America, be- 
fore . which charges were' levelled.' 
against.- Hirst by Tho'm'as J. Phillips, 
president of. BAA. was notified that 
Hirst was too ill to appear. 

Action stems back to last August, 
when the- BAA attempted -to nego- 
tiate contract ' for -.performers in- 25 
burlesque shows currently rotating 
on the circuit. When Hirst, -report- 
edly stalled on getting together with 
Phillips,, latter declared the wheel 
••unfair" and sent the matter , to the 
parent union, the Four A's. for read- 
justment. Several hearing dates had 
previously been set .but Hirst 
claimed inability to attend: .; ... : . 

BAA contends, that since ■ the. Hirst 
wheel shows are not pacted with the 
union, abuses of . -performers have 
mounted. 



Agent, Singer Involved 
In Contract Dispute 

Mort H. Rosenthal, attorney for 
American Guild of Variety ; Artists, 
is attempting to Adjust' contract dis- 
pute between Tom Kennedy, talent 
agent, and Johnny Thompson, singer. 

Controversy stems back to several 
weeks, ago, when Kennedy claims, 
the singer had given him a verbal 
nod to represent him for radio, 'It 
was understood, according to Ken- 
nedy, that if he got the. singer a spot 
later he would sign agreement. Ken- 
nedy claims to have gotten him on 
Blue 'network sustainer, with prom- 
ised written authorization not forth- 
coming since the singer has a -.per-; 
soiial manager. Don Rickert, who 
would have, to okay such signaturing. 

Kennedy took the matter to AGVA 
but when there Was no: premise for 
levelling action against Thompson, 
although he's a ■Tiiember of the tal- 
ent Union, Rosenthal stepped in as 
mediator on a "moral'' basis and fig- 
ured to adjust matter satisfactorily 
with both this week. . 



Cafe Society Nitery Unit 
For Roxy Theatre, N. Y. 

Cafe Society unit, from the N. Y. 
niteries of that name, has been pen- 
cilled in to open at the Row, N. ,Y.. 
Nov. 20. Acts will be Mildred 
Bailey, Jimmy Savo and. Pearl 
Primus, sepia hoofer. 

Set. by Barney 'Joseph-son, owner 
of- tbe-'btstro. 



Moss Warns N.Y. Theatrical Attorneys 
Agenting Clients Requires License 



1). C. Club Op Guilty 

In Gas Conspiracy 

;.-'..- Washington, Oct 31. 
Joseph R. Burke, proprietor of 
the Lamplighter club, frequented by 
music ia fts and sliov/ . fol fts, .was fo u n cl 
guilty of conspiring to obtain and' 
peddle stolen gas Coupons from the 
Fails. Church, Va„ postoffice. 'He. 
will be sentenced in two weeks, 
' Maximum penalty, -'is.' 17 years in 
prison and a .825,000 fine. . 

Kelly's Stable, N. Y., 
Off Unfair List; 8 
Other Get AGVA OK 

American Guild of Variety' Artists 
lifted unfair cfas.siftcation against 
Kelly's Stable. N Y. nitery las! 
week.'- .;';."•• .- ■:'.. ..-'•; 

Spot was declared unfair several 
weeks ago hut has, now, signed mini- 
mum, basic agreement' and .posted 
cash oond covering acts' - salaries 
with the talent union. 

Eight - other niteries in. vai-ioii* 
cities- last week signed basic agree- 
ments, aird posted cash bonds with 
American. Guild ot ' Va r io.ty A rt i st s ; " 

List includes Club Bali, Washing- 
ton. D. C: Chun King, Baltimore: 
Dude Ranch,: Norfolk. Va.;, E^ex 
hotel, Boston; - Handy Grill.' Boston: 
Terrace Club, Unioniown, Pa.: Bomb 
Shelter, Long Beach, Gal.; Southern 
Manor, Phoenix City, Ala. 

Tabloid .' version.' of ''The Drunk- 
ard," which has been playing vaude 
and jittery, dates,' has also been 
pacted by AGVA. 



♦•;,' N-.-;"YI License . Commissioner Paul 
Moss' has launched " a campaign 
against attorneys doubling as book- 
ing agents for talent, without proper 
employment agency license. Most' 
curb, practice of attorneys declaring 
themselves "in" oil promising valid* 
and nitery talent in exchange lor 
legal services , 

To this end. this Week he bulletin-- 
ed a group of attorneys so. involved, 
citing employment agency law, legal 
penalties for violation and giving all 
recipients three days to' adjust- them- 
selves, or else. He ; particularly . 
pointed out that violators are guilty 
jit'.a misdemeanor, carrying a fine of" 
.¥250 01 one year's .in.prison-n.ient or; 
both, for failure to have a, license. - 
Commissioner sent one of these 
letters to I. Robert. Broder. .theatrical 
attorney, who met challenge with a 
very caustic reply. Broder has been 
attQi;ney for Abbott & Costello and 
campaign is particularly aimed to 
Others, on strictly a fee basis; He's 
also attorney for Artists'- Representa- 
tives : .As.s : 'ri, ; N. ;Y. ; talent v agent 
group, but does not retain interest 
in any individual performer or acts. 



DORSEYS FOLLOW EACH 
OTHER AT N Y. CAPITOL 

Tommy Dorsey's orchestra will; 
follow brother- Jimmy Dorsey's W.r,d 
into the Capitol theatre! N'. Y., ail*-r 
all: Letter's baud -comes in nest,' ■ 
on Nov. 16 or '23, and \- h-iitTjrfiffi'wr ' 
opens either Dec. 21 or .28. TD'n 
band stops at the Sherman hotel, 
Chicago, for two weeks; opening 
Dec. 1. ; ■ . ■';. ; , , 

■■ Mi first the idea of the Dors.eyi 
following one another into the house 
was deemed poor booking. . 



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Wednesday, November 1, 1911 



Night Club Reviews 



interpirig "Rinso White," "B. O." and 
other radio commercials, along with 
"Irish Eves." "Stars and Stripes" and 
everything else in the book, leaves 

the audience delirious, • •/•'. ;'• 

Wallv Vernon starts out with soft 
shoo and patter but works up to a 
frenzy ,in closing spot, following a 
taUco'll" on Helen Morgan ..doing 
•Can't Help Loving That Man," in. 
-Which he. gets stymied trying to 
•eliinb the piano. Closer is .'well-knit 
survey oi old-time burlesque charac- 
debiits "here with this one and. with :.ters. which, registers for. top results 



Latin .Quarter, i'lii • 

ChkailQ, Oct. 27. 
Diosa Costello. Miirtah Sisters (31 
WaUy Vernon. Hudson Wonders (21 
Harold & Lola. Bill Barrio and Orel- 
(14>, Don Chiestn and Orch (61 inth 
Carmen Rereile, 'and. Latin Lovelies 

■ (8) - r •- ;/;•;; :;:■:..■;•', '..;.••;;; 

. Charlotte Lavelle. responsible for 
many a bright show- at the Latin 
Quarters in New York arid -'Detroit, . 

' this one and. with • ' 
the exception of inept spotting of i 
Diosa Costello, has done a job that 
keeps the customers in a constant.; 
state of clamor. 'Her grooming of j 
the Lovelies, plus smart routines,, 
has them interested from the opener, 
in which the gals, as war w idows. I 
pony to "Without a Sweetheart. \ 
colorfully turned out in pastel blue . 
and pink street outfits complete with j 
veils. 

Following the Hudson Wonders.; 
whirlwind femme aero duo who j 
backflip, handstand, split and whirl . 
to boffo applause in the second spot. 
Diosa Costello, assisted by her own | 
drummer for correct Latin beat, 
slithers through a sensational rou- 
tine that shakes the dust off the 
rafters. She garners terrif palm- 
pounding with "My Latin's Gone 
Manhattan," "Ciu Ciu" and sundry 
other unspellable Spanish chants 
that are incidental to the gyrations. 
Sha bumps and grinds to sendofT for 

• solid hit. 
Befeathered Lovelies take over In 

• fast boogie that utilizes radium 
effects cleverly. Green : spotted 
snake dance by Harold and Lola, 
with the femme half charmed into 
reptilian gymnastics by her part- 
ner's weird, piping, also a clicker. 

The Murtahs vend corn expertly. 
♦Tell It to the Marines," in which 
they intro each other, is an oldie 
that stands up. under their trick 
divvy of the lyrics. Hodgepodge of 
"Mairzy Doats" and "Russian March- 
ing Song," a sentimental "Always," 
a grand opera olio detailing the 
Woes of wartime rationing, "White 
Christmas" for the GI trade, and a 
really boffo "Hawaiian War Chant," 



over for another stanza. Band is not 
too hot and not too soft, but an in- 
between blend that's danceabla and 
listenable. Their music provides a 
nice background for tin acts, and 
keeps the dance floor crowded be r 
t ween shows..; ' ' .Lin:. 

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Last flash bv the Lovelies, hatted 
and ruffled a la Miranda. .Marred 
onlv. by usual .-first-night blunders, 
smartly bypassed by gravel-voiced 
Vernon-, who .is held over in the 
emcee spot from the. last show, this 
layout should really be in the 
groove by; the time Eddie Garr 
comes in to replace. Vernon Wednes- 
dav- '1 1 . Big bi/. at opening, with 
Bill Bardd handling the accompani- 
ments and main dance numbers and 
Ghiesta sextet giving adequateely 
with, the rumbas. Mike. , 



Blue lCuom. X. O. 

(HOTEL ROOSEVELT) 

New Orleans. Oct. 27. 
Wesson Brothers, Doraine & Ellis, 
Jadin H'ong & Li Sun, Arnie Hart- 
man. Neil Bondshu Orch (14); $2 
minimum Saturdays. ' 




MASTER OF CEREMONY... 
] MIMIC. ..SONGSTER... . 
ACTOR. .. COMEDIAN / 



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Broidcaittm 1i!b notrd linperKonttlrms on the 
Radio for 

GIBBONS ALE 

"Biraa recently played ■ •Oominnnl P«rfurin- 
anea' Tor President Uaosevclt mul Ills Oililnct, 
ThaV forgot nljcn Hy aud- roared at lrlK Imper- 
sonations of theatrical and polltltul fUctlw."— 
WASHINGTON TIMES. 
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Dir.: NATIONAL CONCERT ARTISTS CO Re. 



There is both quality and quantity 
in the new offering in ■ this swank 
nocturnal spot. Show runs the gamut 
from. - light opera to mimicry. Acts 
provide solid entertainment, 

Sharing top honors are the Wesson 
Brolhers and Doraine arid Ellis. The 
Wesson Brothers' mimicry is laugh 
provoking. ' They synchronize their 
characterizations, one doing the voice 
and the other the facial contortions 
and gestures. Their take-off on FDR 
and the fust lady is as boff as ever. 
The boys get stronger as they go 
along, and had to beg off. 

Doraine and Ellis, "Sweethearts of 
Song," contribute some nice warbling 
of a medley from "Showboat," a 
Dixie medley, a sprinkling of. oper 
atie arias, and the "Donkey Sere 
nade." which gets plenty of - palm 
pounding. 

Arnie Hartman, accordionist, opens 
.show with Sousa's "Stars and Stripes 
Forever" 'and' some trick fingering of 
old fav.es, such as "Glowworm" and 
"St. Louis Blues." He is master of 
instrument and wins audience from 
the opening. 

. Jadin Wong and Lin Sun, Chinese 
ballroom duo. have some unusual 
routines which run the range from 
.spins and whirls to jitterbugging 
Miss Wong appears at first in conven- 
tional Oriental dress, which she 
soon sheds for evening attire. She is 
attractive. Pair grab their share of 
the applause, although act doesn^t 
register as heavily as the others 

Show ran unusually long opening 
night and could be improved 1 by cut- 
ting here and there. 

Neil Bondshu and band are held 



Nitery Followups I 

Joey Adam* and Tony -Can zone i'i- 
are-stronger than ever in their mara- 
thon stay at Leon & Eddie's tN\ Y.)v 
Boniface Leon Eiiken has .surrounded 
them' with a strong show, as offset to 
the hiatus caused by partner-star, 
Eddie. Davis', excursion.- into legit 
musicomedy, Dave Wolper's forth- 
coming "Glad to See You." Adams 
is an upcoming comic- more eased 
and assured on the floor than ever 
beforehand the ex-champ, Canzon- 
eri, makes an affable stooge. Mark 
Plant, per usual, warbles an impres- 
sive roundelay or two from the cur- 
rent Hit Parade and generally paces 
the proceedings well. Sherry Brit- 
ton's strippery now goes with the 
lease, a little spicy bu( in good taste. 
Lina Basquette brings a sort of a' 
name to 52d St. but her neb-classical 
terps are a little subtle for the trade. 
Otherwise Florence Gale sings pops 
acceptably and the Ryan Twins (2) 
do conventional song-and-dance. The 
Sprague Dancers are a neat line (8 ) 
who look well and work nicely in 
the now standard Boomps-a -Daisy 
service men's finale, and Art Waner's 
band does a yeoman dance and show, 
playing job. Abel. 

Mildred Bailey has replaced Burl 
Ives at Cafe Society Uptown, open- 
ing Mon. (23) and her work at that 
bistro proves she is still one of the 
top interpreters of the modern idiom. 
Her phrasing and delivery of tunes, 
whether they're spirituals, such as 
"Hold On," or standards a la "Sum- 
mertime" and "St. Louis Blues," 
which she did when caught, are 
socko and there are few songstresses 
in jazzdom who approach her. As a 
stylist, she remains the "deaness" of 
femme warblers, as does Paul White- 
rnari, who discovered her. Her con- 
cluding themer, "Rockin' Chair,'' has 
been made a modern classic strictly 
on her handling of it. She goes over 
whammo at Cafe Society, and de- 
servedly. ■ ;';;,; ',■ ■'. 

Holding over at the same spot, 
.where she goes -with the lease, Is 
Hazel Scott, lately a much improved 
performer. Long addicted to ex- 
treme and unnecessary mugging, la 
Scott is finally learning to rely on 
her piano swingology to get over, 
instead of the grimacing which 
marred her work for a long time. 
Report is that the Cafe Society 
owner, Barney Josephson, did a bit 
of law laying down on the mugging 
angle, result being that only occa- 
sionally does she lapse into her old 
habits. Miss Scott's numbers. When 
reviewed, included "Whispering," a 
Bach opus played straight and jive-o, 



and a corking arrangement of "Taa 

for Two.* 
Third haadlinar in the show it 

Jimmy Savo, now in his eighteenth 

month at the joint and still going 
strong. lie'* changed his garb, 
eschewing his standard baggy pants 
outfit for a tuxedo, idea being to 
freshen up the act, but it remains 
the standard Savo pantomimicry. •;. 

Band is Ed Hall's, doing a neat job 
on dansapation and in show support. 

Merr. 



Miguelito Valdes gives Jack Har- 
ris', La. Conga, N. Y., a strong lift 
with his : Al'ro-Cubano songs. The' 
ex-Cugat Warbler is a dynamic per- 
sonality on the floor. Surrounding 
show is adequate if not socko, in- 
cluding both a Joan Barry and a 
Joan Barrie, respec terps and chirps; 
LaMarr & Martin with ballroom- 
ology, highlight of which are the 
holds; and the DeCastro Sisters. (3) 
with Latin tempoed tunes.. The 
Janette Hackeit Girls (6) are a good 
line in general support.. Machito. 
per usual, gives out with plenty of 
the Latin dansapation. The Barry 
who terps is a looker and registers 
stronger with her acro-dancing than 
the chirping Joan Barrie with her 
somewhat too-classical pop medley 
of gypsy airs, etc. , Abel. 



Dot Donegal. Replaces 
Berrys in *Star Time' 

Dorothy Donegan, Negro boogie- 
woogie pianist, on Friday (27) re- 
placed the Berry Bros., colored 
dancers in the Paid Small vaude re- 
vue, "Star Time," at th» Majestic, 
N. Y. Berrys withdrew due to ill- 
ness of one of the dancing brothers. 
Miss Donegan is doubling from Cafe 
Zanzibar. ' ' . ; v - 
'" "Star Time" dropped Wednesday 
matinee last .week, with show now 
operating on a nine-performance 
weekly sked . instead of IS, under 
which acts were originally pacted. 
Two weeks ago vauder dropped 
matinees on Sundays and acta took 
a one -eleventh salary cut, but 
there'll be no further slicing for the 
nine-performance sked. 



Riobamba, N.Y., Reopening 
SetforThurs. (2) Stalled 
By Delay on Licenses 

Reopening, of the Riobamba. N ,Y"' . 
nitery, won't come off tomorrW , 
night (2) as per latest schedule, re- 
portedly due to delay in; issuance, of 
cabaret and liquor licenses for the 
spot. Change in managerial setup, 
also Mayor LaGuardia edict on 
rigid investigation of principal op- 
erators, has created sufficient red 
tape entanglement to cause two post- 
ponements already. 

Spot, which has been closed since 
last December and license of which 
lapsed, now comes under new ap- 
plication category with both licens- 
ing authorities. It had previously 
been operated by Arthur Jawitz. .who 
will again be interested with new. 
partnership setup. Nitery booked in 
Carmen Amaya and. her revue as 
opening attraction via Sol Hurok, 
originally skedded to preem Oct. 26, 
aad then postponed until tomorrow 
night (2 1, Now-, opening date is 
indef. . ' '•'.:'".,■, > ■ ; •''-•. ;-,: '■' 

Iil addition to license tangles, 
American Guild, of Variety Artists 
has levelled: Unfair action against. 
Jawitz and nitery, claiming the op- 
erator owes $1,700 in salary claims 
to members of the talent union un- 
der his previous operation. Union 
has also warned Miss Amaya that, if 
she opens there, she will be sus- 
pended from membership and sub- 
ject to $1,000 fine 



HC4 .*;.;■ ' .'..;.- 

BY BEN H. COOK '. 

UNITED PRESS STAFF CORRESPONDENT ;' ■»-."'■ 

HOLLYWOOD, OCT. 19 (UP).— H. D. HOVER, WHO SAID TOO MANY PEOPLE THINK 
ABOUT PEACETIME PROSPERITY IN TERMS OF AUTOMOBILES AND REFRIGERA- 
TORS, PROPOSED TODAY TO OFFER THE BEST IN HIGH-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT AT 
POPULAR PRICES BY CONVERTING A SERIES OF WAR PLANTS INTO A MULTI- 
MILLION DOLLAR SUPER- ORPHEUM THEATER CIRCUIT AFTER THE WAR. 

HOVER, WHO UP TO NOW HAS MADE HIS LIVING— AND QUITE HANDSOMELY— BY 
DISPENSING ENTERTAINMENT TO MOVIE STARS FOR STIFF PRICES AT HIS CIRO'S 
NIGHT CLUB, SAID HE ALREADY HAD WIRED WAR PRODUCTION BOARD CHAIRMAN 
JULIUS A. KRUG AND COMMERCE SECRETARY JESSE JONES ASKING TO LEASE OR 
BUY WAR PLANTS FROM THE DEFENSE PLANT CORP. IN KEY CITIES. 

"COMPLETE MUSICAL SHOWS, WITH THE BEST HOLLYWOOD AND NEW YORK 
ENTERTAINERS, FLYING IN CONVERTED BOMBER PLANES, WOULD FOLLOW A 
REGULAR NATION-WIDE SCHEDULE, PLAYING BEFORE CROWDS AS LARGE AS 15,000 
AT PRICES ANYBODY COULD AFFORD," HE SAID. 

AND IT WOULD BE A GREAT THING FOR KEEPING MONEY IN CIRCULATION, HK 
SAID. : ... 

FOR INSTANCE, HE POINTED OUT, THE AVERAGE FAMILY SPENDS MAYBE $500 
A YEAR ON AUTOMOBILES AND FOR $125 BUYS A REFRIGERATOR THAT WILL LAST 
10 YEARS. ; •;'•,: /^.X' .'.,-.;■■' / ' ■'-' 

"BUT LOOK HOW MUCH PEOPLE SPEND IN CAFES, THEATERS, HOTELS, DANCE 
HALLS AND CONCERT AUDITORIUMS. AND BY HAVING CROWDS OF 10,000 OR 15,000 
WE COULD KEEP THE PKICES DOWN AND STILL PAY FOR SUCH BIG-NAME ENTER- 
TAINERS AS XAVIER CUGAT, HARRY JAMES, THE ANDREWS SISTERS AND ABBOTT 
AND COSTELLO," HOVER SUGGESTED. 

HE SAID HE PLANNED TO PUT IN SOME OF HIS OWN CAPITAL AS WELL AS USING 
THAT OF A GROUP OF UNIDENTIFIED ASSOCIATES "WILLING TO BACK MY IDEA 
WITH SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS." 

MANY FACTORIES NOW OPERATING IN WAR INDUSTRY ARE IDEAL FOR CON- 
VERSION TO THEATERS, HE SAID, BECAUSE OF THEIR LARGE FLOOR SPACE, PARK- 
ING FACILITBES, AIR CONDITIONING, REST ROOMS AND EVEN KITCHENS. 

"ALL WE'D HAVE TO DO WOULD BE TO INSTALL STAGES AND CHAIRS. WE COULD 
HAVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHIFTING THE CHAIRS TO THE SIDELINES WHEN 
GOOD DANCE ORCHESTRAS WERE ON THE PROGRAM," HE SAID. 

HE SAID HE ENVISIONED ONE-NIGHT STANDS, SPLIT, WEEKS, AND OCCASIONAL 
WEEK-LONG SHOWS IN EACH CITY, "BUT NEVER MORE THAN A WEEK." 

TENTATIVE PLANS CALL FOR THEATER UNITS IN LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, 
SAN DIEGO, BUFFALO, NEW YORK, BOSTON, PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, CLEVELAND, 
DETROIT, ST. LOUIS, PITTSBURGH, KANSAS CITY, OMAHA AND NEWARK. 

"BUT WE MIGHT EXPAND THAT LIST TO 40 OR 50 CITIES IF THINGS WOKK OUT 
RIGHT," HE SAID. -, 

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Andrews Sis Like 

Concerts. Want More 

Andrews Sisters want to play at 
least 75 concert date* yearly, a da 
cision they have relayed to Lou 
Levy, manager of the trio. Girls fin- 
ished a short tour last night (Tues- 
day) in Ottawa, Canada, and appar- 
ently arc sold on this type of 
work (one show nightly) and the re- 
turns. They took $10,200 for their 
end out of the first three dates, In 
Evansville, Nashville, and Louisville. 

Trio returns to N. Y. today 
(Wednesday), goes, to Chieago for 
two weeks of theatre work, then on 
to California. They cancelled a date 
in Buffalo for tonight (Wednesday) 
to come into N. Y. to do a record 
date before going west. 



RUSSELL BROS. CIRCUS 
SOLD TO H' WOOD GROUP 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Russell Bros. Circus sold to a 
group headed by Mitch Hamilburg, 
Hollywood agent, Con Cbleano, wire 
artist, and the Christiani .Trbup>, 
acrobats. Deal was closed last week 
in New. York but amount of transac- 
tion not disclosed! 

Circus is to, be streamlined and 
play auditoriums around, the coun- 
try, opening the season March 1 in 
the Pan-Pacific Aud. in Los Angeles. 



Delay 'Scandals' Payoff 

Payoff on alleged overtime salaries 
for "George White's Scandals" unit, 
which officially closed season three 
weeks ago, has now been postponed 
until latter part of week by Ameri- 
can Guild of Variety Artista. 

Accountants are tallying up what, 
if anything, is due the principals and 
chorines.. '..-"■ 

Clarence Grey, who managed unit 
for White, called at AGVA last week 
with a shower of I.O.Ua that White 
had passed out coin for.; . 



Bv Happy Ben way 

Saranae Lake, N: Y., Oct. 81. 

Soldier orchestra of returned vets 
from the Lake Placid Club enter- 
tained the gang at their Hallowe'en 
party at the Will Rogers. 

Carl Kern back after a 10-day fur- 
lough to visit folks in West Virginia. 

Florence Cohen, who did a bit of 
resting here, was given her go home 
papers last week. 

Ben Nadler. Ed Groethlhg, Leandra 
Rinsler and Jordy McLean upped for 
meals 

Dr. .Warmer- Woodruff, former suri- 
geon at the old NVA and Will Rogers 
sanatorium for years, Is now a Major 
in U. S. Army. . 
1 Greetings and thanks to Steve For- 
rest, Pittsburgh booking agent, and 
James Lee for reading matter they 
sent to the gang, 

Lloyd Baker, Detroit musician for-, 
merly with Krupa's orchestra, here 
getting an o.o.- .' 

Ben Sciliaffer ordered back to bed. 

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Pft&IETY 



HOUSE REVIEWS 



41 



V Capitol, JV. Y. 

'■Blind Date" radio unit with 
Arleen Frauds: Bob Strong Orch 

il8); Ella Mue Morse, Johnnie John- 
stone; ''Marriage Is a Private- Affair" 

tiW-G) reviewed, in "Variety," Aug. 
16, '44. \: 

"Blind Date,'' the radio program 
that began a successful nin last year 
in the midst of much controversy, is 
headlined at this house this session 
in conjunction with Bob Strong's or- 
chestra and Johnnie Johnstone, who 
has been gaining attention at the Cer- 
pacabana, N. Y .-,'■• and on the air for 
Chesterfield. ' 

, Arleen Francis, who conducts the 
tadiO version, also referees onstage 
She does an excellent job, steering 
the thing with taste and tact and a 
hair-trigger ability at comeback gags. 
She has to be to keep things' in hand. 
Even so, the reason for the coniro- 
■versy over the radio show's debut "is 
ever present. Since every line pass- 
ing between servicemen and the. girls 
they seek to date is ad lib. the possi- 
bilities for embarrassing frankness is 
something to shiver about. Already 
there have been several lulus at the 
Gap, it's said; and the comedy, rou- 
tine delivered by a sailor . when 
caught was in need of a blue pencil. 

.Nevertheless, the idea, is immense- 
ly entertaining, and it goes over 
heavily here. It's enhanced- by. the 
niethod by w hich the ..-'men are select- 
ed. Apparently, from the conversa- 
tion of one. they are chosen by com- 
manding officers in camps surround- 
ing N. Y., and occasionally' one who 
is air amateur .entertainer, conies up. 
Miss Francis puis such: ability to 
good 1 use. . Six. boys arts used,: com- 
peting in pairs for a date with three 
girls, the three losers, going out with 
Miss rrancisr-Wh.e4£-6a44f{li1 , only five 
■men came from backstage; . and a 
sixth was selected from the audience. 
This may have been deliberate'. If it 
wasn't,, it may be a good idea, tp con- 
tinue it, since it generates a better 
audience -feeling, . Joy Hodges is'; 
heading another' "Date'' unit now in 
the midwest. ■ -■'...'■ 

Bob Strong's orchestra, which 
spent the summer at Glen Island Ca- 
sino, New Rochelle. N. Y., backs the 
show. Composed of four- trumpets, 
four •• trombones, . five sax, four 
rhythm, the band makes a good im- 
pression in the few opportunities it 
gets alone, but could .make a belter 
one. It's a stiff "combo riding on a 
rhythm section that never allows a 
smooth-flowing performance. • Strong 
himself contributes to the stiffness, 
too, by appearing ( when caught) in a 
dinner jacket. That went out; with 
vaudeville. 

Ella Mae Morse, who came to at- 
tention via one song,. "Cow Cow 
Boogie." is a style singer who needs 
a good beat to project her type of 
ability. She doesn't get it from 
Strong, and has difficulty staying on 
to encore "Cow Cow." She does "Hoi 
Time in Berlin" and "Robin Hood." 
last an unwise choice, since the lyric 
is not generally known well enough, 

Johnnie Johnstone, who has moved 
. upward 'fast since coming into N.,Y; 
during the summer, is unquestion- 
ably the hit of the show. His singing 
seems to have improved slightly 
since last, reviewed, but it's still not 
exceptional. Nevertheless, he deliv- 
ers in a way that almost instantly 
brings you into his camp. His charm, 
looks, smile, delivery all combine to 
put him on a high level with his au- 
diences. He's doing the. same routine 
here as at the Copa— "Let Me Love 
= You Tonight." a fine opener: "GI 
Jive," medley of tunes' by noted liv- 
ing authors; "Rockm' Horse." "Blin k 
iVlagic," etc. He's something to 
watch. His future seems guarant'i-d. 

Wood. 



on local radio programs, and pleases 
patrons with her fiddling and step- 
Ping. : 

Lonny Glosson has a pan which 
draws laughs galore. Has snappy 
line of chatter, and also gives 'em 
some real Hilly billy tunes that get 
over swell. Chet Davis, who airs 
on the Renfro shows, 'was the m.c„ 
working smoothly with the moun- 
taineer acts. . .. ; '.'..-'; 

Biz okay Friday afternoon 127). 

• Hold: : 



Oriental, Clit 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Bob Chester orch (15) with David 
Allen, Betty Bradley; King Sisters 
(4), Roy Parker & Porthole, Son & 
Soi'Mjy; "Faces In The Fog" (Rep) . 

. . Lively bill on tap this, week, 
headed -by Bob Chester and orch 
supported by. three show-stopping 
.acts. Chester's, aggregation, dom- 
inated by the brasses, is solid all the 
way and has the cats stomping in 
the aisles. Opening with the "Octave 
Stomp" Chester then brings on 
David Allen, whose baritonlng. ot. 
"Fellow On a Furlough" and "Sweet, 
and Lovely" gathers heavy applause. 
Betty Bradley, band's chic chick, 
clicks all the way with her vocals 
of "Salt Water Cowboy," 'Do It 
Again" and coins' wilh Chester on' 
"Is You Is" for good results. Band- 
gets hot with "Rollo Get With It" - 
featuring some nifty skin beating by 
drummer Bob Rodgers and closes 
show with "Tanning Dr. Jekyll's 
Hide." ; 

Sou . and : Sonny . wow. 'em with 
their sock hoofing. The' toe routine 
to "Roses Remind Me" and -the acro- 
batic leaps and splits go over for 
tops 

; Ray Parker and Porthole are also 
socko. Act has been well-worked out. 
particularly the clever mental telep- 
athy bit during - which Parker works 
in the front rows of the audience.an'd 
the dummy seemingly does mind- 
reading stint. . !.'..-' 
Four King Sisters capably fill the 
next to shut i-.ie'he with their w k. 
harmonizing. Do "Her Tears Flowed 
Like Wine." "I'll Walk Alone." a 
political satire "Franklin D. Sinatra" 
and "I Said No" to heavy applause. 
Gitls are attractively 'gowned, and 
make nifty appearance. Morg. ' . 

RKO. UoNton 

Bdsloji. Oct 27. 
Clyde Lucas Orch (15): Perry 
Como. Liilhrop & Lee. Dick Buckley. 
Jean LaSalle, Paul Steele; "Bride by 
Mistake" (RKO): :■• 



SlHle. >. V. 

■■.Will Osborne Orch U4>, The De- 
Marias, Bay English; "Since You 
Went Away" (UA), rei'ietcetl in 
"Variety," July 19, '44. A 

TATSB: card holder handling the 
curtain at the State this week barely 
has time to hitch up his britches and 
spit, oh ■ his, hands between stage 
show's open and close, marathon, 
running time of "Since" limiting 
flesh production to 25 minutes. Will 
Osborne orch, fresh from Hollywood, 
provides capable 'backlog what with 
Peggy Greer's infectious chirping of 
"Straighten Up" and "Corns for My 
Country" in a style reminiscent pi' 
Sophie Tucker (they're. about even in 
the Fairbanks dept , too), the 
maeslro's pleasant version ot "Trol- 
ley Song" and a fast drum specialty 
by Flip Bilotti: highlighting . the 
org's contribs. Full band also' kicks 
in with "Beguiiie" and a patriotic 
theme song gimmick involving Artie 
Shaw and Glenn Milleh 

Osborne handles himself nicely in 
front of the band and does a good, 
emcee job. "for the DeMarlos. ball- 
room terp team seen in .-•■Something 
for the Boys," and <>omic Rav Eng- 
lish. -,.-.;'.,',. 

Dancers are smooth and easy .on 
the eyes., trotting, out a nice bolero 
plus a straight routine' Stressing co- 
ordination and some fancy whirling.' 
English spends more lime on. the 
deck. than, a British heavyweight and 
starts,'' this biz. almost before he. 
reaches the mike lie uSes to get over, 
some gag material. badly in need of 
refinishing. He's an acrobat, pri- 
marily, who evidently studied lor 
vaiide under Profs. Pratt and Falls. 
Without that background his laugh 
crop would have been pretty thin. 
However, he works up nicely to. 
earn a fair hand with a girdle strug- 
gle bit as a closet,,. Doiin. 

Cliaries, X. O. 

New Orleans. Oct 27. 

:■' Jbliitiiji. "Seal" Davis orch (14), 
Belli Kartell, Gene Fields} the 
•Ltttons, Peggy Scott. Lebrac '--.<■. 
Berniee; "The Unwritten: Code" 
(Col). . ."'.'•":. ." :'- : 



National, I/ville 

LoitisfiUe, Oct. 27. 
Old Timer's Frolic. .Winnie Allen. 
Jeuneite Dupre, Billie 'Hines. Jack 
Dillon. Bill McCullough. and Moun- 
tain Music Jamboree of Renfro Vul- 
.ley unth Little Ellef, 4 Tones. 
Granny Harper, and Lonny Glosson; 
"Are These. Our Parents" j Mono) . 

Current bill is in two parts, pitting 
a.k. acts of the 90s against, a group 
of hillbilly entertainers sent to town 
this week from John Lair's Renfro 
Valley. Both aggregations strive 
hard to please, and it appeared that 
the mountaineers had a little the 
edge with audicnce"t'avor.; :■'.,.; .-»••*.., 

Old timers seated on stage come 
to the mike for their specialties. 
Jeanette Dupre fills the ni.c. spot, 
and does a bit of ragtime singing 
and stepping on her own account. 
Balance of lineup is Minnie Allen, 
1890 soubrette, plenty okay: La 
Serida, Butterfly .: Dancer of 1892; 
Billie Hiries, minstrel rrian; Jack 
Dillon, tapster: Edna May White, 
musical wizard; Harrv Klein, 80- 
year old tap dancer, and Bill Mc- 
Cullough, who plays the Swiss bells. 
All of the old boys and girls do their 
stints .with verve. 

John Lair has provided a group of 
acts from his" Renfro Valley Folks 
to fill out the bill, heading the talent 
lineup with Little Eller, 6 foot four 
inch, comedienne. Gal'- was with 
Olsen aitd Johnson for eight months, 
and gains a flock of laughs. with her; 
grotesque postures and comedy 
songs. Four Tones, mate quartette, 
harmonize well on .hymns in swing 
rhythm. Lads are decked out in 
lumberjack shirts, and loosen up a 
mt on the religious tunes. Go over 
okay. Another old timer. 71 -year 
wd .Granny. Harper, is quite -a lave 



Perry Como collects a distinct 
click on his debut before the Bos- 
ton bobbysocks congregation with. 
Clyde Lucas and his, orchestras sup- 
plying the background. Baritone 
does .fine as vocalist, emitting in 
soothing tones -such '.Lilies as "I'll 
Walk Alone." ''I'll Be Seeing You" 
aiid "I Love You." '. 

The band, a good' one with a hep 
style and a certain . individuality 
achieved by using a soprano sax as 
the , leading voice in ensemble 
choruses, makes a heavy impression 
on the audience. Lukas. occasion- 
ally blowing a trombone, leads it 
nicely and does well as m:c.. His 
vocalists are Paul - Steele, ' who 
doubles on the trumpet, and Jean 
LaSalle, who does "I Dream of You" 
and "Is You Is" cutely, for a nice 
reception. . . 1 ' ,. - : " 

Lathrop and Lee do a dance spe- 
ciality and are well received, but it 
is Dick Buckley who gives the show- 
its sock with his audience participa- 
tion gag. Handles the four custom- 
ers he gets on the stage beautifully, 
and pulls off a funny and an original 
specially, the amusement of which is. 
not, diminished by his habit of call- 
ing the customers "rabble" and feed- 
ing them the accent and the manners 
of a minor peer. 

Biz .way off . at opener. , ' Elie. 

Adams. Ae%vark 

. ' Newark; Oct. 28. 
Ada Leonard's Girl Orch , (171. 
Frances Griffin. Frances' Shirley: 
Charlotte Fayne. Yretle. Willie 
Howard: Al Kelly;- "Goodnight 
Sweetheart" (Rep). 

Although topheavy with femme 
vocals, long show holds for an enter- 
taining 75 minutes. Ada Leonard has 
a talented crew, . all lookers in 
printed decollete gowns. Maestress 
does all right in frock- fluid: with 
three slinky changes, one of them 
slit way up "'for her. suggestive "I 
Want' to Get Married" vocal. Frances 
Grillin contribs a pleasing hot ar-. 
rangement of "St. Louis Blues." plus 
"Always" and "Swinging on a Star." 
Frances Shirley scores with' .a' 
singing-trumpet solo of "Straighten 
Up and Fly Right." 

Y.vetle. fully recovered ■ from" 
Lisbon Clipper crash, looks nifty in 
a pink gown. Gal's. personality slows 
like radium '"across- foottight. Hefty 
returns on "Come Out. Wherever 
You Are," "I'll Walk Alone," and 
comic tune. "I'm Getting Corns for 
my Country '' . 

, Willie Howard is still- selling his 
textbook. "How to. Talk French, in 
Three- Different Languages," as the 
French prof, getting plenty laughter 
and applause. Al Kelly foils effect- 
ively, ■ ''Howard encores- with, ter'nf 
impei'Sbhati.ohs. ':' of Sinatra. Jessel, 
.ToLson. and Crosby, and has to beg 
off. Charlotte Lay no.' an attractive; 
redhead, taps out two numbers, the 
second a novelty in, tango time. Biz 
(►kov. opening- shiw' fSw -Colt. 



' Current layout is whammo. Davis 
and his crew as well as acts, score 
Heavily. Making first, appearance 
here, Davis' outfit swings it sweet 
and hot, -.with the accent on. the brass 
section. His version of -"Is You or. -Is 
You Ain't," offered with Davis' own 
particular brand of clowning, is per-, 
feet for. the jiveslers, . who were 
plentiful at show caught. He scores 
heavily with his singing and trum- 
peting ot such tunes as "I Can't Give 
You Anything But Love," "Sheik of 
Araby"'and other old faves. His nifty 
singer, Peggy 'Scott, has nice, pipes 
and clicks with "I'll Walk Alone" 
and "Mean To Me." 

Beth Farrell, a blonde looker with 
a nice chassis, turn's' in. a smooth aero- 
peildrmanee and gets a big hand. 
Gene Fields mimics Peter Lor.re, 
Fred Allen, Charles Boyer, Jerry 
Colontia and FDR for prolonged 
palm-pounding. The LaFons con- 
tribute a Bowery turn, aided . by 
Davis, that brings down the house,. 

Pair had to beg off. LeBrac, ; and 
Bernice win their share of honors 

with their unicycle and juggling 
offering.. 

Capacity biz when caught, Ltnt.- 



wiih. Patterson and Jackson closing. 
Latter act; are -In- the Rushing oeef- 
(leparfment size, two woll-uphol- 
st.ered men with an' amusing routine 
of mugging, hoofing, topped off bv 
an imita.-h of .(he Ink Spots "If I 
Didn't Cafe." Scored solidly. AH 
impresses as ha\ ing possibilities for 
a. sepia ni.nsical, with, the right kind 
of material, 

. Vau'd.e numbers are -interspersed, 
by the Basse band, playing in the 
ci': t.oi.nary blaring 125th St. -st.yle, 
which doesn't become as good a band 
as this .any. too well. Best niimber. 
and the only one in which the Count 
displays his terrif piano is "Basle 
B oog i < ; ; " a 1 1 h o u g h a i a m ' se.^s . o n w: . ih 
she Kansas'- Citys Eight, -jump group 
Irom- within the band, is good too, 
Clarinetist,'' bass 1 and Basie « ere dis- 
played' .to " best advantage w hen, 
caught. '-'■„', Men. 



Apollo, Y. 

.Count Basie' orch (161 irilh 
Thelma Carpenter and Jimmy Rush- 
ing: Shorts Davis, By rd & Dickerson. 
:i Glenns. Tarzanna, Patterson .& 
Jackson; ■ "Seven Doors to Death" 
i PRC) ; .'■' >' -;■ 



. Show runs overly long, with one 
act ■ that could well be eliminated, 
and is .further hampered by a lack 
of cohesion. There are virtually no 
a'nrioimceitients as to the names of 
acts — management apparently pre- 
suming that the performers are w.k. 
enough to' the, customers, and pro- 
ceedings are. further hampered by. 
what appears to be disinterest on the 
part of Count Basie. With Basie are 
jhelm'a; Caipenter,- attractive sepia 
warbler, who does, a .'/fair; job on 
"Tess' , Torch Song" and "Embrace-, 
able You.!'. and Jimmy Rushing, blues 
singing behemoth, who does his ii.-u-. 
al wharri.'-job; Rushing was spotler'l. 
next to c-lo.-ing, and boffed. 

Shorts- .Davis follows. Miss Cai peti- 
ler for a strong bit of aero tappji'g, 
his work and reception i ating aii eii* 
core. He'd be better off dropping 
his opening song, which doesn't .mean 
much, especially in view of the un- 
intelligible way he mouths the lyrics; 
Bvrd and Dickerson are - house 
comics who alternate with Pigment 
at the \poiio and offer the sort of 
blue sketch the baleonyiles go for. 
Current routine was .a poinlless 
'blackout about three gi.tys- (.third-; i> a 
-traiglit man on briefly ) on the make 
for a dame, but was larded with the 
strictly, Harlcmese' -iisides good, here 
for laughs. , • 

Th e re s on e w h i t e act on the ml! 
the: Three: Gienns, two men and; a. 
•woman with a strong aero iroatine, 
girl.' balancing herself, niostly ' \ ,a 
-piits-, on the understander, ; nd, the 
shorter, .man balancing in tin n on 
her. Th(-.y, work, smoothly aiid ;,v..:li 

' ',-ood slirjv.'mansliip and .scored iiitVtly. 

! good act,;. .;. .;. 

..Turn: that trititd be dropped !.- ta.-= 
zanna ' > Xc.w Acts ). : conlort'.on: and 
•■niii-h -.corker, strictly rm the. !eeble 
•iiit..- ■ • ,io'^ ■ followed by KtwHrfjf, 



Stanley, l»itt 

■ Pittsburgh, Oct. 27. •. 
.711111111; Dorsey Orch . 1 1 8 1 , Tedd y 
Welter*. Anita Boyer. Otto Eusan, 
Ladd Lyon. Buddy Schnf.. Marrin 
WriBht; . "Music '.-' in .M«n7uMf(iH" 

• RKO). ;, .; --.; ."•;•' /';. ■.:;'..';".•,-"'•' 

This is the last flesh. WB. deluxe'r 
will- have until after the first of the 
yeap and. house is , giving the cash 
customers' a good going-a way . pres- 
ent, Jimmy Dorsey's band still rales 
high among, today's finest, aiid: the 
ace saXnian is dishing out a. lot 6( 
music and entertainment. 

In addition, to his own eloquence 
on the reed instruments, .ID has al 
th? tip of his baton ;m outfit tliat 
know.s. the score. Current catalogue 
is well-diversified, moving from 
Dave Rose's "Holiday For. Strings". 
(o Marvin Wright's "JD Boogie" and 
in the groove all the time.. Wright 
is the' crew's pianist. Vocalists. Anita 
Boyer and Teddy Waiters; are good, 
loo. although not quite the polished 
pair the old Eberle-O'Conn'ell combo 
used to be for Dorsey. Boyer, gal is 
a cute trick who socks over three 
.numbers and mob' ' wouldn't let 
Walters, of the Croslnatra school, 
get away. He ought to mix his' reper- 
toire up a bit. though — too many, of 
those slow, dreamy ones. . Drummer 
Buddy Schutz gets a chance on. the 
drums rn "John Silver" and scores 
)■ ttvily 

Otto Eason cleans up with , his 
taps on roller-skates 'and so does 
Ladd Lyon in a crack acrobatic ses- 
sion. .''..'.-' Cohen. 



Capitol, WhnIi. 

Washington, Oct. 26. ' 
Blackstone; the Magician; . Fuller 
Sextette, Lynn Allison, Milt Slosser. 
Sam Jack Kaufman's house orch; 
"Barbary Coast Gent" fM-G), 

The Kaufman overture spotlights 
Milton Schwartz, concert master, for 
a violin solo. Backed by the full 
orchestra he plays Hubey's difficult 
and exciting 'Hejre Kati." ; (Hun- 
garian Dance).. Then trailers-. ;part 
for a vigorous, salute to Navy Day 
by the Fuller sextette. . :."■-' 

. Blackstone's half hour is- fine: 
hociis-pocus, sold with showmanship. 
He has. a. number of full-stage tricks 
including sawing a woiiien in three 
pieces, the pih-tip. girl; sequence, 
which has a patriot fc, touch..' intro- 
ducing; femininity representing the 
Army.' Navy and Marines and mak- 
ing them disappear. When Black- 
stone is not interested in his cabinet 
tricks, he comes before the trailers 
with agile sleight -of-harid. 

Magician then brings up a. sailor 
from (he audience and has much fun 
while he, traces his watch. His last 
.trick Is a sockdolager. ■ bringing up 
two. plants from the audience, letting 
them put their hands on the bird, 
cage with a canary, then causes it to 
vanish. Presented with plenty of 
sets and flashy paraphernalia, this 
magic show introduces .piehty ... Of- 
good looking girls.. ■ Arke.. . 



4li*plieiiui L. 

. Los Angeles, Oct. 25. 
Erskine Hawkins' orch U6), fea- 
turing Ace Harris, Jiriiniy Mitchell, 
Elite Smith; Art Tatitmi Miller Ik 
Lee; Olivette Miller, 'i Rockets; "Girl 
Who Dared" (Rep). 

: Hot rhythm is back on th« 
Oi-pheum stage after missing for. 
several weeks.' Erskine Hawkins 
orch . is "furnishing ..the pounding 
brass; .which is just what patrons at 
this lilm-vaude house like. Sharing 
top billing is Art Tatum. blind Ne- 
gro pianist. Tatum's.'work is choice 
tor the professional nursician who 
can": recognize class improvising and 
held attention of Hawkins' crew 
th rbughoiilj but was way over the 
heads of most auditors. Usual 
Oi pheum fan wants, grooving he can 
recognize and Tatum would draw 
greater response if shifting to mors 
eommercial keyboarding. . 

Band has a showy opening, work- 
ing behind scrim . with various 'see-; 
tioiis : spotlighted, as . they take over- 
portions. of the introductory medley: 
Crew, work and ability to blow sweet 
or hot is demonstrated on "Down in 
'I'.ttisvilie." with. Hawkins doing 
both hot and muted brass: work, and 
"Tuxedo ; Junction," Hawkins' own - 
nuinbei . which wraps up an all- 
around lopnotch septa stage show. 
Band does boffo work all the Way 
and doesn't forget the . four sax and 
four rhythms despite frequent . and 
showy , use of the eight brasses; plus 
leader's own trumpet: V .-?:• •' .;'-' 

Ace .Harris, pianist, garners plenty 
Of . palm-pounding for his "ivory. - : 
manipulations (in "Boogie Woogie." . 
F.fl'ie. Smith gives so-so vocaling 
to "I'm Lost" and . "Milkman." 
Ji-mnt-v Mitchell, doubling on sax 
and vocals, is, short oil delivery but 
apparently high in popularity. .He. 
contribs, the .high-low, pfT-key toiich . 
notecl recently 1 , among. Negro croon- 
tis to a -medley of lunes, encored 
With' "Don't Cry Baby" and was 
brought back tor "Do Nothing" 
Strictly on vocal merit,: his delivery 
of the medley is bad; "Baby" was. 
good but -hot tip to his' bo.fl style 
noted when here a year - ago, and 
"Nothing" ranged between the other' 
two. Regardless of merit, style of 
singing: is. evidently the sepia, rage 
currently and clicked with pre- 
dominantly Negro audience ;at show 
caught. 

Miller and Lee, standard turn, sell 
their "de.-ducs" and mathematical 
'gags to hearly response. Three Rock- 
ets ; are a smooth dance trio also well 
received. Olivette Miller adds sing- 
ing to her harp swinging this time 
here for nifty results. "Brown Gal" 
and "Got to Get Hot," f alter as Intro 
to harp work are excellent vocal- 
ing. .and string plucking on "St. 
Louis Blues" and an original boogie 
number had house begging lor more. 
Girl makes a smooth stage appear- 
ance in both dress and looks arid, 
knows how to sell her talents to- an 
audience. Broo. , 

• .;.;. -■ ";.- - — > ; ■ ;■--.; 

l*M|oiiiar, Seattle 

Seattle. Oct. 26; 
The McLanes, Bob White. Riia 
.Stephens & Zolda Zuko, Bud Harris 
Trio. Benny Rubin, Bob .Harcey 
house . orch t9); -, "Oh, What A 
Night" i Mono) .: . 



Ton er. K. C. 

;...- Kansas City. Oct.. 27. 
Rubhioff-. Simpson's Marionettes;* 
Earl Morgan. M.onchill Family i7)', 
Ro\e Mantello. Tower orch 19; u-.ith. 
Les Harding; -Mm ire! Man ' 
(PRC) and "Moonlight and Cactus" 

■ ■ ..: • ; ''";'; ; 



Current-: layout is a smartly-built 
40-minute show ,»vhieh- includes, 
something for every type of patron- 
age which,, the house attracts. ,Les' 
Harding continues as m,.c, ■ . 

The house, orch.. fronted by Hard- 
ing, tees off with the pop. "It. Could 
Happen to You." lor good returns 
On first is Earl Morgan magician, 
who baffles, the.customers. as he pro- 
duces lighted, cigarettes . at, . wj.ll 
throughout, his act. With cigs bald 
!o get, the payees groan as he dis- 
cards one smoke, after another.. " 

,'M.onchiH ■ Family, six sisters and 
brother, take over for a brace of all> 
slriitg numbers, the girls .playing 
guitars and' the boy the bass. On 
next are Carl and Faith Simpson 
.with, their marionettes. They rate. 
■jnHl'w.in a nice, hand for Ui.e'st work 
with the dolls. Their finale; two 
zoof-suileri sepia hoofers jumping 
high, "and wide, registers ; solidly. 
Rose Mantel lb, '•Discdv'ery Night", 
te'.'tier. does n. neat tap specially. ' 
. Riibinoff. :r. closing spot, pleases 

■ >h his violin music. n i g 
"Dance Rus.-e." othe;' classic; 1 i.-ild 
i»'tp fi.voi iles. He cucni e-" with "I'll 
n< Seeing You" arid "Mel;-w- :, olv 
p.- hv.'J • • '■':-••',';••- .".•". • Et'tl. . 



Benny Rubin hot only heads the 
show here, but also acts- as master of 
e.ei tmonies and comes, on between 
acts. to deliver some of his own type 
of humor that is okay and keeps 
show moving along. 

The McLanes, a hand-balancing 
act;, open proceedings, with Benny, 
on next for an interlude to bring on 
Bob White, who gives out v.'ith gags 
aiid mixes in a bit of 'ventriloquism, 
- Rita. Stephens contribs nifty tap 
dance, followed' by Zolda, who Sings 
".Siboney." Rita returns for ac- 
cordion accompaniment for "Smoke 
Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Man.l' 
Love."- .':., 

Bud Harris is as sly and funny :>f 
ever, proven by. his byplay with'-' 
Lucille Hagen, mixing in some har- 
monizing with, the quips, and Mary 
Roberts, other member of. the trio, 
really bat.s the Steinw'ay. She does 
a "Concerto in Boogie-Wo.ogie." irnx- 
i'ng in a variety, of old ones "and new 
ones for a solid musical treat. With 
Bud she plays and sings "Slow and 
Easy", for good effect and. a nice 
hand, and Bud. winds things up 
nicely with a dance.. • 

Rubin interjects a fast jingle on 
the experiences of a. G. I. Joe to 
liven up the la.st bit; and does a neat 
bit of hoofing for a laugh. Switch-., 
ing to the serious, he does' an. emo- 
tional and moving monologue of a 
Czech refugee gazing at. the Stajue 
of Liberty, which is a. swell fribiitfe 
to .xle.mbcracy, and the; audience go 
for >t in a big way, . : . 

Small house, at first "afternoon 

Show. : ,.■ .".;'" ; - ; ■■' -'...-':.',' . ..- ', ' 



SHERMAN'S CHI TAKEOVER 

..'- ,.' Chicago, Qet .11 

Eddie Sherman Agency of . N! Y. 
takes over booking of the Down* 
lou n theatre, first ; show going in 
Nov. 3. House was formerly booked 
by Charles Hogan Agency lure,: 
which was forced, to drop the spot 
because it books the competitive Orl- 
cutal. '■.'■■'■';-.: V ';;.. ■'■'.. ~- [ '-.--. ' ;s 
.First, show lined up by Sherman 
includes. Henry Armetla, ' Vt/iue 
('.'Miss ■ America") Ramey and 
Gi'(<i'u'fr,Anl(l oreb., ... . .. 



42 



Wednesday, November lj 1944 



OBITUARIES 



WILLIAM J. LEWIS 

William. J. Lewis, 71, dean of 
Pittsburgh's dramatic- critics, died at 
his home in that city last Wednesday 
(25) after an illness of several 
months. At the time of his death, 
he was the drama editor of Hearst's 
Sun-Telegraph, a post he had held 
since' 1927, when the Pittsburgh Sun 
and the Chronicle-Telegraph merged. 
Lewis' first newspaper job was with 
the Bradford, Pa., Record more than 
35 years ago, and in 1911 he left 
Bradford for Pittsburgh to become 
assistant city editor and then city j 
editor; of the old Post. In 1919 he 
joined the Chronicle-Telegraph as i 
dramatic editor, remaining in ' that j 
position when it and the Sun became 
the Sun-Telegraph under the Hearst j 
banner.- ;' ., - .'_'■'• 

A recurrence of the ailment that j 



MRS. DAVID HENDERSON 

.Mrs. Grace 'Henderson, 84, retired 
actress and widow of David Hen- 
derson. Chicago newspaperman, died 
in New York Oct. 30. 

Born in Ann Arbor,, Mich , Mrs. 
Henderson made her stage debut 
with a stock company ait MeVicker's 
theatre; Chicago, in 1877. Ten years 
later she came to New York to ap- 
pear with Daniel Frohman's Lyceum 
Theatre Company, where she origi- 
nated the lead role in "The Wife" 
and. 'played in, "The Marquis." She 
also made a signal success in "The 
Charity Ball." 

She later supported Nance O'Neill, 
was in Maude Adams' company of 
"Peter Pan" and toured with Frank 
Bacon in "Lightnin'." Her last ap- 
pearance was in 1931 in. the Theatre 



<&eo. jflL Cofjan 



(1878-1942) 



JERRY VOGEL 



night custodian of the clubrooms of 
National Variety Arlisti. 

NVA officiated at burial via the 
Will Rogers Fund. 

EDWARD P APE 

Edward Lionel Pape, 67. character 
actor, died Oct. 24 at the Motion Pic- 
ture Country House, where he had 
been a patient for two years. He 
became a film player nine years ago 
after a long career on the stage, • 



PHILIP 3. KERWIN 

Philip J. Kerwin, 21, production 
assistant at National Film Board 
unit, killed Oct. 21, when truck he 
was riding in turned over in a ditch 
near Fredericton. N. B. He was son 
of . Justice Patrick Kerwin of su- 
preme court of Canada, V 



THOMAS E. BLAflKMORE 

Thomas E.'. Bla'ckniore, 41, died 
Oct; 25 in N. Y.. apparently a suicide. 
He was married but separated from 
Terry Lawlor, nightclub singer/ ... ■" 

Details in Film Section. 



finally caused his death had kept 
Lewis inactive quite frequently in 
the last few, years, although he Was 
never away from his desk for any 
great length of time until last July, 
when he was bedded by his final ill- 
ness The dramatic editor leaves his 
widow, a son, a brother and a sister. 



Guild production of "Green Grow 
the Lilacs , 
Survived by son. , •'•;,' 



MAURICE McKENZIE 

Maurice McKenzie, 62, former ex.-; 
ecutive assistant to Will Hays in the 
Motion Picture Producers and Dis- 
tributors Association, died Oct. 25 in 
Hollywood, following a heart at- 
tack,. He was one of the original ex- 
ecutives of the Hays office when it 
was organized in 1922, and retired 
three years ago to become a story 
consultant, at 20th-Fox. . ". . ; 

McKenzie was widely known in 
the film industry, both in N. Y. and 
on the Coast. . He was highly re- 
garded in the trade for." his keen 
knowledge of the business and peo- 
ple in it. McKenzie retired from the 



V.:;: JOHN M. SHEESLEY 
John M. Sheesley, 63, former own- 
er of Sheesley's Greater Shows, died 
in Pensaeola. Fla., Oct. 28, His shows 
had toured the country for nearly a 
quarter of a century and were re- 
putedly the cleanest carnival outfits 
on the road. 

Born in Harrisburg, Pa;, Sheesley 
started in the carnival biz at age of 
15. He had been in ill health for 
some months, and sold his carnival 
last September. ' 



NEIL Hlt'KEY 

Neil Hickey, 74. veteran legit 
actor, died in Omaha last week. He 
began stage career 40. years ago in 
dramatic stock Companies and later 
appeared in many road attractions. 

/.. Mother of Patricia, of dance team 
of Cappela and Patricia, died Oct; 
28 in Hollywood. Daughter experi- 
enced considerable difficulty in get- 
ting transportation, but did manage 
to arrive oh Coast before her mother 
passed on. 



Walter J. CoDley, 60. former the- 
atre engineer, died Oct. 20, at.Sara- 
nac Lake, N. Y.. after three and one- 
half years of a lingering illness. He 
was connected with the Loew circuit 
for years prior to breakdown in 
health. ■ ' . ' . 



BILL SWAN 

Bill Swam 75, veteran vaude per- 
former who for years had been part- 
nered in act of Swan and Branfoid, 
died in New York, Oct. 16. 

Swan, who with partner, began in 
circus field, later shifted to vaude, 



Louis L. Bcrger, 44. night club op- 
erator, died Oct. 25 in Chicago. He 
was co-owner with ■ his brother 
Ralph of the Latin Quarter »n that 
city. Survived by his widow, three 
brothers and a sistet 



James Samuel Windfall, 83, re- 
tired theatrical .photographer,- died 
Oct. 27, in Oak Park. III. 



MPPDA because of ill health, a se- 
vere attack of heart trouble prompt- 
ing him to leave the Hays, office. For 
about a year he ran a nursery in In- 
diana, but went with 20th-Fox in 
194.1. ;. : ' 

Originally a court reporter in 
Crown Point. Ind., while still in his 
'teens. McKenzie went with Will 
Hays in 1918 when the latter became 
chairman of. the Republican National 
Committee. He remained his aide 
until Hays became head of MPPDA 
in 1922. staying until 1940. ;. ■ 

He is survived by his widow. 
Nellie. His first wife. Ina. died in 
1939. 



where he had performed for: more 
than half a century. 

Burial was made by Will Rogers 
Fund.' With arrangements being 
handled by National Variety-Artists.. 



WILLIAM H. ('SWEDE') HALL 

William H. ("Swede") Hall, 70. 
vaude headliner for many years, died 
in Chicago Oct. 24. 

Son of Charles Hall, playwright, 
he was in show biz for 58 years, 



•V Memorial Masa of Requiem on J-'ri 
day. November 4, li)44, al 1(1:3(1 
o'r-lorli, A.M.. will lie celebrated al 
Hie Church of the Blessed Sacrament 
II" Hf;l 'I ft SI reel , just off Rrouil- 
nn.v, NejV York City, for , 
lOSIOI'lUNIi (Oil AN NIBI.O 
•IKHK .1. COHAN 
II KljKN COHAN 

'■ . noil - - ..''■ ■ 

(.KOIt(.i; M. COHAN 
II lio died November 5, 11)13 . 
Uusio will be |irovi<led by I'rof. Wur- 
ren. Foley, his Organist anil chorister*. 



starting at 12 in his father's "Ole 
. Olsen.'' ' He was best known for his 
vaude sketch. "Hilda, the Swedish 
. Elevator Girl," itv which he played 
, the title role for over 20 years on 
; all vaudevidlle circuits with his wife. 
"Jolly Jennie" Colborn, who died 
two; years ago. Among those whom 
he started in show biz were his fos- 
ter son, James Hall, star with Jean 
Harlow and Ben Lyon in "Hell's 
Angels." who died in N. Y. four 
years ago, and his daughter, Georgie 
Hall, knowh in vaude as "The 
Youngest Female Baritone." Both 
got their start on the stage as the 
bellhop in "Hilda." . . '.■'■■' '.. ; 

Survived by daughter, brother, sis- 
ter and a grandson. 



BERT FASSIO 

Bert Fassio. 51, former vaude and 
legit actor, died in New York Oct. 
26. He had been stricken the week 
previous and when removed to 
Metropolitan hospital it was found 
lie was suffering from a brain tumor. 

Fassio had entered show biz via 
vaude some years ago and later dir 
verled to dramatic stock, where he 
had been both an actor and director. 
He subsequently became an indie 
film producer, Among his produc- 

I lions were "The Fighting Priest" and 
"Romance of the Century." Last 

j summer he produced "Hitler at the 

! End of a Rope" at Luna Park, Coney 

: Island. N..Y. 'V 



ARTHUR A. SORENSON, JR. 

I T'.Sgt. Arthur A: Sorenson, Jr., son 
I. of Arthur Sorenson, editor of 20th- 
j Fox Movietone. News, was killed in 
| action, in Aachen, Germany, Oct. 12, 
| according to word received here this 

week. "■ ': \: ....'. 

j Requiem mass will be held next 
j Saturday (4) at St. Thomas Aquinas 
| R; C. Church, Brooklyn, N, Y., at 9 

a.m. -■■ .■ ;.:.''•• - 

Besides parents he is survived by 
I two -brothers; now in armed forces. 

aind a sister.-'" •.' •• ': • . ■•.' .' ;:.' "-' 



Henny Young-man's father died in 
N. Y. Oet. 25. 



MARRIAGES 

Miriam Bales to. Richard Davies, 
,Beverly Hills, Cal., Oct. 21. Both are 
legit players. . . ; 

Dorothy Armstrong to Jack Davis, 
Indiana Harbor, Ind., Oct. 21. Groom 
in "Kiss and Tell" at Studebaker, 
Chicago. 

Hazel Brooks to Cedric Gibbons. 
Beverly Hills, Calif , Oct. 25. Bride 
is a former Powers model; groom, 
•an art director at Metro. ■ 

Elizabeth Frazer to Cpl. Ray Mc- 
Donald, Beverly Hills. Cal.. Oct- 26. 
Groom is a member of the "Winged 
Victory" cast. ', : , . 

Emma Bishop' to James Hughes. 
Pittsburgh, Oct. 25. Groom is pro- 
gram director of station WJAS. 



BIRTHS 



Mr. and Mrs. Ned Scott, son, Hol- 
lywood, Oct. 25. Father is camera- 
man for Lester Cowan. 
. Mr. .and Mrs. Johnny, Nolton, 
daughter, Pittsburgh,. Oct. 20. Father 
is nitery singer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tinker, 
daughter, Pittsburgh, Oct. 15. Father 
is with RKO exchange in Pitt. 
1 Mr. and Mrs. George Cole, son. 
j Albany. N. Y. Father is -announcer 
I at WABY-WOKO, Albany. ',' 



Variety Bills 



WEEK Or NOVEMBER S 



Numeral! In connection with bills below Indicate opening day of thou 
whether full or ipllt week. 



Loew 



NKIV YORK CITY 
Capitol (2) 

Rob Strong Ore 
Johnnie Johnston 
KIM lriai> Morse 1 . 
Arleiie KrallCia 
Stale (i) 
Will Osborne Ore 



Ray English 
Ue Marlon 

WASHINGTON 
Capitol <*) 

The Appletnni . 

Pick BuVkley 
Pals)- Garrrlt 



Paramount 



N KW YOKK t'lTY 
. I'nriinKMiul < I) 

Marivn I full on - 
,B^t t \VliM»!er 
UhI l.eKoy • . . 

Kii(Th1i» (I) 

S'Mfiiirij. Kaye 0*1 ,- s 



THH'ACiO 
ClilcuKo <l) 

Anrtrew'H Sis 
f.fimistntth Brtis 
Tip, Tnj» &■ '('«« 
MIAMI 
Olyinplii (1> 
Monroe & 4*1 hdi a 
yVorjine Moray.' ; 
Joe AVonp 
Hw'toi; *• Pnl» 
Mftsiors & Hollinn 



RKO 



BOSTON 
lCo»ton c:in 

Clyil.' l.uA'is fir.v 
IVi-rv Coillo " 
Uick KucUlvv 



Walto.i- Nil«.Mon 
Sibyl Ho Wan ; 
COI.I'MRI'H 
I'alaro (Sl-S) 

Kay Kinney Ore 



(111 Mal«nn Co 
lilenii .Mill.-i SIngrs 
'PA'tKKjSOX- . 
MajA»ll«> C4-8) 
,Tan l.atln 
.Iflt-li Morrison ; 
I.oallc * Itolllne 
Ray.vAlartetl 
Roberta'fl ( 'irous 

(6-») 
Krnncisro 

At-ilon & Alexa ntlt-r ' 
A'lct.nr, Nova & R 
Marry-Maiilri . 
4 Pill-l-p (IJs 
PAHTICKKT 
Capitol (li) 
('it"o lf(oreiV>! . '■ 
Brett '* Sylvia ,.'.■ 
Ma'ore * Heigh . 
C!N-nYain>r .. 

i>irii.,vi>Ki,i*iu.\ 

f'nrmrtn Ci) 

I i-l Kin * (VIM : 
(ienrpr Duinr 
.l.acU llhlt. ; 
V.a l ! i|, .Sis ^ ; 



I'Roviiir.scK 

Mptropnlitaii (."t-ji 
iMu Bate.* 
Krunk Waiiow 
Sinlley Bui-neu 
Rohirt Si« * White 

SPKixiii'iriin 
Court Nquare (x-j) 

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folly Dawn 
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BOOKING THE NATION'S LEADING INDEPENDENT 
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HARLAN A. SANDERS 

. Harlan A. Sanders, 73, who before 
retirement some years ego had done 
a juggling act in vaude, died in New 
York Oct. 20. He had been ill for 
some time. 

National Variety Artists took 
charge of burial via the Will Rogers 
Fund. 



SID STUART 

Sid Stuart, 52, who in private- life 
was Sidney Bethel, died in New 
York, Oct. 14. He had one a ohe- 
Slrilig Violtti act in vaude. for many 
yours and since retirement had been 



SSS Continued from iwge i — ■ 

dent Roosevelt would "probably die 
in office" and Senator Truman would 
have to take over if - Democratic- 
picket wins election, boos drove her 
out of the ward in a 'huff., according 
to - vets present, She left to visit 
other Army hospitals after an hour 
and a half at Mayo, with Red Cross 
Workers visiting wards after her de- 
parture to apologize for her remarks. 

Reached later in .the afternoon at 
Schick General hospital. Clinton, la..- 
she denied she made any unfavor- 
able" remarks, claiming. ''I've never 
seen the man.-' ' I haven't anyth i:i» 
against him. I' ju.U want to see 
Thomas E, Dewey win." . ';. 

Miss Pitts made her first political 
speech a few months ago while ap- 
pearing here in "Ramshackle Inn" 
when she spoke at a; rally for rep- 
resentative Charles S. Dewey, can- 
didate for reelection as the Repub- 
lican nominee in Chicago's 9th dis- 
trict. ' 



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"Wednesday, November 1, 1944 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



43 



Inside Stuff-Legit 

When "Men To the Sea" ciosed recently at the National, N.Y,;, the cast 
was paid two weeks' Salary,' but on a cut basis. Drama, which was pre- 
sented by Dave Wolper, was announced to stop at the end of the second 
week but on the planned final night exit orders were cancelled and the 
show staggered through a third week. Players had agreed 1 to a pay slice, 
most of them getting the Equity minimum of $57.50, but under the rules 
.'the cast was guaranteed at least two weeks' continuance or the salary 
Equivalent. '; ;■•.'■ ..'■.•• 'I- 

Last-minute change of plans followed a huddle between Lee Shnberti 
•who operates the theatre, and Eddie Dowling, who staged the play. A deal 
was quickly consummated between Wolper and Shubert whereby the lat- 
ter would assume 50% of the loss during the extended time, but it was 
figured that it would cost less to close "Men" than play a fourth week. 
It; is unusual for new plays to go on a cut salary basis at this period of 
the season," but another drama is employing the same method, "Meet a 
Body ' players taking the slice as of this week. The whodunit is in its 
third week at the Forrest; ; :; - ■ .,•_•'' .'. V - ' V ■ 

Lt, Arthur Franz, actor, who enlisted in the Army Air Corps, has been 
invalided home after being shot down in. a plane over Rumania some 
months ago. He was navigator in a bomber and- relates some thrilling 
experiences when the wounded members of the crew were carried from 
the mountains for hospitalization. Franz was cited and decorated for his 
part in the mission, that of bombing the Ploesti oil fields. His wife is 
Anna Minot, currently appearing in "The Visitor," Miller, N. Y. Miss 
Minot, incidentally, was inadvertently referred to as the maid in "Visitor" 
in last week's review. The maid was played by Dorrit Kelton. 



Double Jeopardy 

A legit' producer attended the. 
race ti'aek recently . arid after 
betting $1,000 pli a nag, he mis- 
placed or lost the mutual tickets. 
He finally went back to the $100- 
window, and after telling the 
clerk about the . missing paste- 
boards; added; "Well you'd bet- 
-tei give me another order," 
shelling out the bills. - .'., '" . '• 
P. S.— The horse ran out of the 
money. -;•.;.■'.''••■■;--,. 



Uncertainty Divides B way Managers 
On Giving Shows New Year s Eve 



From Bennett Cerf's new book, "Try and Stop Me," comes the info 
that Eugene O'Neill's new play, "The Ice Man Cometh," has. long been 
completed and only waits on that playwright's pleasure to personally 
direct it. Since 1929,' when His "Dynamo" was staged by somebody.; else, 
in his absence, O'Neill will have nobody direct any of his plays except 
himself. That was the time when O'Neill cracked, "It seemed nobody 
remembered anything about 'Dynamo' excepting that Claudette Colbert 
wore a red dress and had beautiful legs." , 



Second annual memorial mass, for the Four Cohans will be held at the 
Cbnrch of the Blessed Sacrament, West 71st street, N.Y., Saturday t 4) at 
10:30 a.m. Notification was sent by a committee consisting of Genie Buck, 
Irving Berlin and Dennis F. O'Brien. ;. '•' .;.'- .;'''•.- 

Previously, the annual mass was in memory of Jerry, Helen (the elder 
Cohans) and Josephine, who died many years before the passing of George 
M. Cohan, Nov: 5. 1942. 



Most of the people in stores refrain from wearing Roosevelt or Dewey 
buttons during working hours, thereby reducing the possibility of political 
arguments with customers, but the general rule doesn't apply to "Broad- 
way" Sarn Roth, a ticket broker. He has spent over $30 in Roosevelt 
buttons and loudly declares his partisanship. ■' 

Roth, who is Dan Parker's (Mirror, N.Y.) favorite columnar character, 
says he won't sell any tickets to customers favoring Gov. Dewey.- '",. 



Baltimore reviewers went to Washington last week to see "The Late 
George Apley, " which Max Gordon premiered in D,C, but their notices 
did not appear until the new show opened in their city this week. How- 
ever, Donald Kirkley wrote an advance story in the Morning Sun, highly 
rating the play and advising Baltimoreans to order their tickets in advance. 
Play by George S. Kaufman and John Marquand is due into the Lyceum, 
N. Y.. Nov. 22. ' 'v'.':'.',' 



Emil Friedlander, among the showmen assisting USO to ready shotvs for 
the overseas soldier entertainment, says the report Uhai he defrayed the 
cost of costumes for! a Gl-aimed musical is incorrect. Dazian's head says 
he is just giving some of his time and that the USO production budget is 
«i hercd to. ; ..';.:; •'.' , ■ '•-..'■'■:'■'..""'' 



Jimmy Troup is currently manager of "BloOmer Girl," Shubert. NY- 
batting for Eddie Kriill, who is handling Ilka Chase's "In Bed We Cry," 
dining its tryout dates; When "Bed" comes, to Broadway Troupe will be 
back with it, KriiU returning .' to. ■'•Girl." both being John C. Wilson shows. 



Meyer Davis has two. of his shows following one on top of each other 
jhib the Locust St., Phil ly. First "Dark Hammock" breaks in there Nov. 
15 for 10 daySj and' then "Sophie Halenczik" comes in the 27th. 



'FATHER' TO CELEBRATE 
5 YEARS ON BROADWAY 

."Armed .at Broadway's long-run rec- 
ords. "Life With Father" will cele- ; 
brate five successive years at the 
Empire, N. Y., with a party to be : 
held there Saturday <4) night. Oscar 
Serlin, who produced the Howard 
Lindsay and ; Russet Grouse ' laugh-, 
arouser. is confident that a new 
mark will be set. 

"Ab'e's Irish Rose" has the comedy 
record of 5. ''2 years;- It opened in 
May, 1922, and terminated ,jn : Octo- 
ber. 1927. "Father" carl equal that 
inark late in the spring. It is in its 
2151st week and on Sat u rday (4) w ill 
have completed 2,100 performances 
as against 2,327 for "Abie." The five- 
year mark will be reached next 
Wednesday <8 > by "Father." Longest, 
run mark is held by the drama, 
"Tobacco Road. ' seven years 

"Father" has been one of the most 
consistent money makers in the an- 
nals of the theatre, and is not known 
to nave ever played a week in the 
red. During the), run of "Abie" it 
was in and out of cut' rates many 
times, but bounced back to virtual 
capacity seasonally. "Road" had a 
vicarious and rather jerky run. It 
never grossed as much on Broadway 
ns in many out-of-town stands'.' .and 
during the seven years' stay had be- 
tween 60 and 70 losing .weeks, There 

• is a road comprny of "Father" eur- 

• lently, but "Road" for the first time 
is not touring, although there are 
plans to send it out late in the fall. 



P.A. Turns Pro Boxer 

Lenny Traube, one of Richard 
Maney's associate press agents, has 
turned professional boxer on the 
side,, having had three bouts at 
Jamaica Arena, N. Y., since his pro 
debut in June. 

Traube. handled Val VaietitinofT. 
dancer in "Follow the Girls," 
both as fight-manager and p.a., in 
Valentinofl's boxing debut last June. 

Dancer, trained by Traube five 
weeks, won by kayo, in first minutes 
of first round. His . musical's sched- 
ule, since changed, has however, 
prevented him from fighting since. • 

Traube, younger brother of Cap- 
tain Shcpard' Traube, producer of 
"Angel Street." is a welterweight. 
He. lost the decision on his first bout, 
his share of purse being $15. .He 
won the next two bouts,, however, 
latest one, Oct. 2 via kayo, knock- 
ing out a: Coast Guardsman ; in the 
fourth round. ; Purse was $20. . 

No Ticket Beefs 

[ For the first time in months there 
'are np complaints about Broadway's 
. ticket brokers, according to the legit 
j code enforcement board, same going 
J. for Paul MojS the license commis- 
• sioner. " . '■' './/. ■■ ; ■ 
I The- latter, however, says his de- 
partment has not let down the bars 
on keeping tabs on the agencies and 
proceeding with the action against 
Leblang-Grey's, which lost a deci- 
sion in the N. Y. supreme court, in 
the first step in its proposed test/of 
the constitutionality of the N. Y. 
state law limiting the agency price 
o£ tickets 



B'wav Booking 
Woes Mount 

Unprecedented is the booking situ- 
ation on Broadway, with managers 
making pyramided bookings and 
there being a scramble among the- 
atre owners and producers for the- 
atres. The fact that the flop percent- 
age is about normal makes available 
some theatres but there still are more 
shows already trying out, or about 
to do so. than there are bookable 
houses. That goes for the .new mu- 
sicals but the jamming principally 
concerns straight plays. .'■■■'•. 

Heretofore, when a producer 
booked a house which had a show 
at the time, it Was more or less 
ethical to keep it under cover, so 
that the other attraction could get 
as much coin into the hoxbffice as 
possible before : exiting. But that 
doesn't go these days. Succeeding 
shows are being announced pronto 
for houses which are lighted. Sev- 
eral' instances of that were cited last 
week when "The Streets Are 
Guarded" was slated into the Miller, 
although .the current "The Visitor" 
had not completed its second week, 
while "In Bed We Cry" was nom- 
inated as the next attraction at the 
Belasco, where "Violet" opened last 
week. '; .'/. •'■.. '■.',.''.' 

Managers with theatres are an- 
gling to grab new shows that appear 
to have a chance at the tryouts but 
the producers must put it on the 
line in the way of guarantees just 
the same. One manager, ' whose 
house lights this week with a new 
play, got a report from out of town 
that it didn't look too promising, and 
he immediately pulled wires to op- 
tion or contract another new play. 

Some weeks ago "Men To The 
Sea" was opened at the National 
with the stipulation > that it could 
not remain more than four weeks, 
because the house had been allo- 
cated to Ethel Barrymore's "Em- 
bezzled Heaven." which opened last 
night (31) Idea was to switch 
"Men"" to another spot if it got 
across, which it didn't. "No Way 
Out" bowed into the Cort Monday 
(30) but : before then it became 
known that "A Bell For Adano" 
(now in rehearsal) had also been 
booked into that theatre, due there 
early in December. Shuberts own 
"Way," also the Cort. so provision to 
move it when "Adano" is ready will 
probably be made. As for the Na- 
tional. Miss Barrymore would not 
open in any other theatre, for it was 
there that she scored a solid hit 
with "The Corn Is Green." 

In addition. "Laffin' Room Only" 
(in rehearsal) is supposed to be 
definitely d;:ted into i'ne Winter 
Garden after New Year's but "Mex- 
ican Hayiide" is the current attracv 
tion. getting the top gross on Broad- 
way. :' .: ■ . ' J ■. '■■ 



♦•' Aroiind 50 r ;> of the managers with 
j shows on Broadway have not yet, 
| made up their minds whether to give 
a performance New Year's eve, 
which falls on Sunday for the first 
time since legit was permitted on 
the Sabbath. ,. ; '; ; -' 1 -■''.'"' 

1 It is definite that at least some of 
the hits will not play on that even- 
ing, In the past it was ciistomarv jo 
increase , the prices New Year's Eve 



Road 'Family' Does 

Best Biz Since Start 

"Three Is a Family," drawing the 
best business since it opened, is in 
the third week at the Curran, San 
Francisco, and though, booked in 
(he spot for six weeks, John Golden 
may keep the comedy there an ad- 
ditional fortnight, pending a deal to ] but that will not be general this 
buy off "The Gypsy Baron, " slated | time, although a couple of musicals 



to follow "Family." 

Last week's gross was around SIS). 
300, slightly under the pace of the 



tually double that of the average 
gross when the play had its run at 
the Longacre, N. Y. Latter house 
is now off the legit list, being used 
for radio broadcasts. '.:' 



have already arranged to double the 
present scale. Business is such that 
some managers say they are doing 



ond week, but the figure is vir- f plenty well, so that extra money, to 

be gotten through increased prices 
isn't important. - s ■'.-.' ■'.■•'■■ 

Trend appears to hold to the usual 
performance Schedule and not to 
tamper with the Saturday night 
prices, which; in some instances are 
boosted anyhow. It is definite that 
two musical standouts will not play 
the Sunday "Eve," they ...being 
"Oklahoma!'' (St. James) . and 
"Bloomer Girl" (Shubert), former, 
and probably the latter, giving an 
extra matinee on the holiday. It is 
doubtful whether "The Voice of. The 
Turtle" (Morosco) will play Sunday , 
but likely that the new smash; "I 
Remember. Mama" (Music Box), 
will make the switch.; dropping the 
Monday (1) night performance. An- 
other show definitely off the Sunday 
"Eve" is "Embezzled Heaven" (Na- 
tional), " ' •.' '.'.. * '■"■ ■•':' ."'"■ ■■•''"■ 

'. farties, or— — -? ' 
There's a difference of opinion 
about the advisability of playing the 
Sunday "Eve," some showmen argu- 
ing that the average New Yorker 
will prefer to attend private parties 
than venture into Times Square. 
Others say it should be a natural, 
with the citizenry in the mood for 
revelry and entertainment. That 
element says that because most 
people will not report for work oh 
the day after, Sunday is bound to. 
be big. Much, however, appears to 
depend on the weather, number of 
visitors in town and news from the 
war fronts. 

"Seven Lively Arts" (opening at 
the Ziegfeld) is one musical that will 
play on the "Eve," the top to be $12, 
or. double the regular week-night 



'Male Animal' Nixed 
For Overseas GTs 
As Too Inadequate 

The Male Animal," one of the 
USO-Camp Shows legit productions 
readied for overseas and set to go, 
has been nixed in its present slate, 
and will be completely overhauled 
and restaged before being shipped. 

Elliott . Nugent-J a m.e s Thiirber 
comedy was cut down severely by 
Camp Shows' legit dept. to fit Gl 
needs .and transportation problems. 
When tried out around New York 
City camps, production didn't com- 
pletely satisfy Camp Show officials 
and Special Services officers. Show 
was thumbs-downed by Special Serv- 
ices officer Capt. Herbert Brodkin, 
but accidentally okayed by a lieu- 
tenant in his office who caught show 
in tryout. 

However Herman Shumlin, who 
produced "Animal" on Broadway, 
also saw production oh invitation, 
and completely nixed its piescnta-' 
tion in present form. Together with 
Nugent, who also played lead in orig 



inal version, which had a long run 
in New York. Shumlin agreed to re- 
stage play for USO. Several cast 
changes are expected to be .made, 
and comedy eventually shipped over- 
sea?,. ' .':..'• :" ' ■.. 

To eliminate friction which has 
arisen over approval of USO pro- 
ductions, it's been proposed that an 
overall committee; with the Army 
represented, shall be named to make 
decisions and prevent situations as 
arose with' "Animal," Officer, in 
charge has had experience as a. 
scenic designer, but showmen who 
are aiding in getting the attractions 
ready question the wisdom j>f hay- 
ing one Army man pass judgment 
oii the shows. 



COLUMBUS CIRCLE, N. Y., 
HOUSE'S BALLET PREEM 

Monday night (30) ;aw a gala open- 
ing of the new Ballet International 
at the refurbished International 
Theatre in Columbus Circle, N. Y., 
nee the Park, film playhou'.e, nee 
Hearst's Co/mopolitjn. nee the 
Majestic v, 1, ,U>'<it house in a by- 
gone era. The new home ot the 
ballet glistened in. its new lace of 
spdi kliug. ic.n'. w tion'. The 1,250- 
seater hr.d bean overhauled, 'mod- 
ernized, and - -med Up to greet a 
tremendous' Un'iiout .it: representa- 
tive social and ballomiihiae elan. 

Ballet Inti ' uitional Inc. was 
founded as un ciiuco'tonal non-profit 
orgunjzatio.il,' by. Gcorje-.de Cuevas 
(Chilean husband, of former Mar- 
garet Strong. .R'ock'iCeller: heiress) , 
ior the purpose of establishing, for 
a first .time, a permanent home, plate 
for: the -ballet. Mis. Herbert Wither- 
spoon. widow -of - the -Met basso, is 
managing director. Alexander 
Smallen.s i iii'tuicts. 



price. "Carmen Jones" (BroadWay) 
also will play that night, scale going 
from ~$3.60 to $6. So will "Follow 
The Girls" (44th Street), but that 
musical will hold to its Saturday 
night scale, $6. Latter- will also play 
the holiday night, skipping Tuesday. 

It would be no hazard to play 
"Oklahoma!" on the "Eve" with the 
prices boosted but the ticket scale 
has remained undisturbed except for 
the increased federal admissions tax, 
which sent the top from $4.40 to 
S4 80, although the Saturday matinee 
top was increased some weeks- ago. 
Boxoffice activity for the holdover 
wonder seems as lively as ever, 
tickets being on sale for perform- 
ances beyond -New Year's. Except 
I for brokers' allotments, there are 
few good tickets to be had for the 
I next two months. Each fifth week 
: the agencies get no tickets, all of 
Dave Wolper, producer of the i th em going to the public, but there 
_ : ,,,„ seems to be little doubt that diggers 

Broadway musical, Follow the ^ m ^ ^ {m lHe .. bye .. w ^ks. 
Girls," planer to file suit this, week None of tne larger brokers will 
against Trudy Russell _ and her j hand | e "Oklahoma!" tickets except 



Wolper to Sue Troupe 
On Title Infringement 



vaudeville unit called "Follow the 
Girls," which has been playing thej 
south, for infringement of his musi- 
cal's, title, ■'•;... . . S 

Wolper, who is a lawyer, also 
plans to sue every theatre that books 
the attraction henceforth under that 
name. .'.'■:'; - ■. ■'.-.- , - ■ . 



those regularly allotted. 



Shows in Rehearsal 



Gilbert 



NEW 0-J RECORD 35G 
ADVANCE IN BOSTON 

Boston. Oct. 31. 
Biggest mailorder advance; ever 
achieved in Boston is the record of 
Olsen-Johnson mus'ca).; "L a ff i n g 
Room Only." Show, still more than 
a week away, has already taken in 
$35,000 in mail orders, and no more 
are being accepted. 

Enormous . mailorder activity also 
noted for "A Bell For Adano," which 
has taken in more than $11,000, and 
"The Late George Apley," which htis 
done even more. In the latter case, 
the local Museum of Modern Art has, 
taken over entire first night. 



"Errand For Bernfre" 

■Miller. Charles G Stewart; 

"Sophie Halenczik, American"— 

Meyer Davis, George Ross. • 

"Dear Ruth" — Jos.. M. Hymart 
Bernard Hart...: '■"' V/. V:';.. 

; "''^aiighine /Water''— John Golclcn, 

"Dark Hammock"— Sam Gvh'mn.n, 
Meyer Davis. - ■-." ' '■■■;■'••;'■' 

''ifhe Man Who Had Ail the Luck". 
— Herbert Harris. •'..' ,-;-.. ■ ' • . .. ; ' ' .' -•■■' ..,.''■'., 'i.-,. '; .,'.-» 

•Seven l ively Arts'— Billy Rose Merivale to Stai' III > 

; A B«» For Adano -Leland Hay- j Samrock ' s Pr0 d; BOW 

"Glad to See You"— Dave Wolper. j Victor Samrock's debut as a legit 

.. ,- • a a- i ci.'t.j. ! producer next January will have 

n r , h ° n ¥ ""^ hubel "^ ; Philip Merivale starred in an unti- 
Olsen & Johnson. , md pJay by S;orm Gera!d 

"Sing Out, Sweet Land"— Theatre . < gave'ry will direct. . 
Cujld. ..'.- .. j Samrock. with Bill Fields, is also 

"Rhapsody"— Blevins; Davis, Lor- I slated to produce Budd Schulberg's 
raine Manville Dresselhuys. . 1 first play effort. 



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: It was 22 vears at;o (Oct; 9;i;1922; to? 
In- exact ) when John. D. Williams: 
. first ti icct the John. Cotton tClanience 
EaivfjolpbJ ctvamatixaticin ol Somei- 
'St-.t Maugham's stoi'y "Rain at - the 
Oai itk theatre' tirovv : deimvcl.) ,in 
■'■ thi-» citv Shaw opened against a. 
iHunoer.ot rivals, and mostl.v second- 
str'inseis .caught it. They wei'e pi\ 
the rave side but show \va> so : elose 
tt, the vyalJ diiviiig ti \ out here that 
Williams had to sell out njajoi in* 
' tere-st ill- it , Subseciuently, liiidei- 
Sani Harris' aegis. '•Rain' became 
.stasje histovy. . :.-":,;■/.','.'. :'■['■'■: 
" Hard to figure what . the star. Jeanne 
'. Eas-els:-' Williams and Sam 'Forrest, 
tin- clirectdr, all now' de-ceased,,\vot.ilcl. 
th.ir.v oi the, new, version . w hlch 
preemed at the Shubert tonight i2«i 
with elaborate musical and, ballet 
embellishments Here's one particUr 
lar .mugg who caught, both openings 
and Sticks by the; original one, hands 
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A P. Waxman. veteran publicistln 
shxiv bit, emerges here as a. pro- 
duce! He's given -Sadie Thomp- 
son,' as the.' storv is itovi- called, a 
laviih staging and has called in a 
ftpcl; ot lootlight bigwigs to take care 
at the 'various departments No- 
b-'iciv s going to,, deny- the. e.flecttv'e- 
. ne.-K oi' Boris Aronsons ' settings' 
(theie are two. one being a briet 
jungle set iit addition to the {aniil.iar 
one ol' Joe Horn's general store on 
Pago. Pago), nobody s going to, claim 
that the ballet, interludes,, staged -by 
Edward Caton. aren't' colorful and 
eye-nUing; nobody can say that people 
like Howard Diet/.,. Vernon Duke and 
•Riiulicn Mamoulian aren't tops. in. 
their own special line.-. .'■'.■ 
. Trouble is that "Sadie :s a little 
ot everything, not enough of any- 
thing, and pretty generally .jumbled 
in the iiision oi the basic dramatic 
story and all- the opulent musical and 
dancing features. Show is still best 
when the Colton-Maugham drama is 
left alone, and it become* particular - 
, ly : stiff and unnatural when some oi 
the characters- are called upon to 
bi eak into song or to stand in heavy 
observation of dance evolutions as 
they aie otten , compelled to do. 

It . looks as it Vernon Duke should 
bear a, lot of the responsibility for 
-the- production's tailure to click on-, 
all cylinders. Duke's score is pre- 
tentious, claborateh orenestratcd.. 
rich in numerical strength. <ot songs 
actually programmed l ai.td.woetul.lv 
w eak in memorable melodies Out o: 
2a numbers listed, three ai e repi ised 
and will presumably be pltiggect Ini' 
possible, "hit" grooves', 1,'hev aie 
"The- Love I Long for. ' "It You 
Can't Gel the Song You Want ' and 
. , * Sailing Midnight." The,' possibili- 
ties arc- only moderate. Only, reprise 
allowed opening night was tor, topi* 
cal piece. "Poor as a Church Mouse," 
delivered by June Havoc in title role.' 
and that' was undoubtedly Wise as. 
even without encore-... Show ran Until 
1 1:50. v, ; ; ::':„ 

One reason for extepded session. is 
■ picse-ncc ol: three ballets, one: in Act 
I divided into two parts imostlv rla- 
. live dance stuff >. "and two in Act If, 
first being devoted to cutback visions 
ui Sadie's early life, aiid second to 
. ceitaih mental images (very much 
on the lascivious side) .by the Rev. 
Davidson . Last-named is probably 
best- the duo: called 'Sadie's Strug- 
gle' is mostly static and could well 
bi 4 eliminated . or- savage I v s li ced , 

A number of Duke's spng numbeis 
.wouldn't be missed at all. several 
.coming" as abi upt and: unwelcome it)-' 
t-ei ruptions of, taut drajiiatic. action. 
An example, is the "Hurdy Gurdv" 
number (witlv. a live . monkey i to- 
wards the end. While on the subject 
of the score, another factor to be 
considered is allotment of songs lo 
Rev. Davidson. He's played by lian- 
sing Hatfield, ol the MetropoTifan 



tiitio voice. -but to quite a few .of the 
hrsl-iiightery' there was siiiiiethiiig 
iarriiig aiid- iiVcohgruoiis in -his break- 
ing in'io I'rcqu'enf song. 'In i'airin-s.s.it 
should be stated that Diet/, and Ma- 
inouliaii have- partially prepared:, for 
t h i.> fii.t icism bv expla in uig'tliat , Da -. 
virison had never been oi darned in. 
the ntinistrv when he became a.-miSr 

sioniU-y.. ','..'.:,"' -'' : .:::'■ \- .'„: ■':"■:,''.'■ *' : '"' 
Storv has ■ been i a! her fiilthf lilly 
adherci'! fi> ev en to. the uiclilsmif nl 
the rcviM'Cnd's latiious reteixiiH t l ;tn 
Miitchills ■ ot Nebraska. " In. fact' 
thiit's ''iiii'vcxcu'su' for ' tlie.',last;;;stixy ( 
!• ballci'. '' l-l()v-v:i-v i t>'r. ,the'.'pi.uic,li'y line', or' 
'the lingular (spoken., it ■ memorv 
UiHvkS- rlglitiV 'by '■ Oi-- Mc Ph u! 
; \s hose'chai actor has been deleted), is 
' hot lisi-d. The reason ior-Dayidson's 
i ih.mkmg; a bout .those molehills in cuii.r 
. -i^i 1 liH-i' w it. h. certain' teat in es , ot, tin- 
| femimne' torso- iv clearly hinted ui, 
nvi, | the ballet, howevei In place ol Di 
', V't '. lAlcPhailaiid .his wile, there's a single 
tein'me character, a t at her screwy 
v oung: author- seeking, data .on ■uative 
niarriage. customs Another tliiinge 
w-biit not too important'— is. that, Da- 
vidson meets death by throwing him-, 
st It into a shark-infested lagoon in- 
stead of cutting his throat Most ot. 
the play's best lines are kept and 
some are ipretty torrid, especially 
Sadie's tirade against, the reverend in 
which Miss Havoc winds up by call- 
ing iii'm ..a psalm-singing so-and-so 
v f.hout mincing oi -slurring words 

Miss Havoc has no voice but deliv-. 
er's lict niimbers fairly well and acts 
the dramatic scenes better, than 
misht be expected, Only real voice 
in the east is Hatfield s, and he's oka v 
in Hiis stodgy aiid ' unsympathetic 
part. Charactet is made, much 
younger than in dj'ama vetsion, 
James NewiJI, 01 the' films, is , Ser- 
ileant O'Hara, with ■ not to0-g0,o,d a 
voiced-'" ■,'■'.•': ■:■''',",.'"■'■" ':■'■-■':•■■?':'•■' 
:This is hot a mUsjc-al eqmed\ but 
a liuisical -play, and : >vhatever.' the 
hg'litei touches, they are provided by 
Ralph Dumke. ■ as f at. old Joe Horn: 
G: azio Narciso, as his : tatter - wite, 
and bv Daniel Cobb. Norman Law- 
rence and Bert Freed, as the .serv ice- 
men, Zolya Talma gets over as- pa-, 
thetic Mrs. Davidson, and ..Vera Ful- 
ler M.ellish is satisfactory as the girl: 
m scai ch of -tribal marriage customs 
■ Like "Deep River," which Arthur 
Hopkins produced 20 yeais or so ago, 
"Sadie'', is neither fish, flesh nor. good 
led -herring.: Its heaviness should, 
bore musical-comedy :l'ans; : 'its 'heavy, 
musical and ballet interpolations will 
very much, annoy admirers ot the 
original "Rain," and it is very much 
to be doubted it the more artistic .as- 
pects ol the Duke score or the. Ma - 
nioUhan directioiii with the long-m- 
tei'larded ballets, will carry . much 
weight, . Of course, "Sadie Thomp- 
son"' can (and will.') be cut plenty 
but even then Waxman will have a 
problem on his hands. Nor do its 
musical features give it much reason 
for another screening Waters. 



now a major, has been killed in 
siM v ice breaks the charm f'abfi . has 
held ov el- Devon and emt.un finds 
1 10 1 railing the whole thing , oil 

Wliatevcr may be lacking in the 
Chase scripting; chore, dries not .have 
a counterpart iii -hcv acting assign- 
'liiefit At all .limes she, exhibits an 
assurance .that sweeps h.ei through 
the entire play on the ciest ot a 
, ariet v of emotions. Her delivi-rv of- 
comedy .irties is excellent and . Iter 
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"In Bed We C: v will, probably go 
down as this seasons Exhibit A on 
the affirmative side ot the discussion, 
as' to whether a play can lack sub- 
stance and yet . provide entertain- 
ment, This one -should come through 
as a hu from boxoffice angles, but 
as a literary , standout— that's some- 
thing'.' else, \ ',,'" 'i ."-'.' '"'. A-'"- 
In emerging from the cocoon of 
novelist .into the spotlight of plav- 
vvnting. Ilka Chase, finds her best 
expression m, -the medium of 'dialog 
lather than , overall play construc- 
tion While, her 'sceives.-individualtv. 
are generally well done, ; with only a 
slight tendency towrard Overwriting., 
c ollecti v ely the result can. elaini, only 
model ate appeal. Howevei, sharp 
quips that Crackle fairly consistently 
throughout the , three acts tend to 
.611 in .the story's, deficiencies, 

Said to follow the novel,: very 
closelv, theme reveals behind-the- 
scenes episodes in- the romances of . a 
successful , career w oman Devon 
Elliott Wainwright, head of a beatitv 
products concern, finds hei .sex life 
nullified when' her husband Tim. 
medical .scientist and partnei in her 
business, departs for research work 
.in skin "'afflictions;-' She hurdles satis-, 
tactori'.j ..a temporary six-week 
. stretch ol. this but when her spouse 
leturns only „to announce that Iris 
interest in his work prompts him to 
ask an indefinite extension of the 
separation,, Devon succumbs to the 
advances of a,- glib and attractive 
refugee, hedonist named Fabrt, She 
divorces : her husband -and. against 
her, better judgment, is about to 
marry the refugee, who has . turned 



Current Road Shows 

' , ( Period Core mho Oct; 3(i-Nu! 11:' 

" Ah if, Ii istt Kose" - St, ubei't -La * 
,f:ivette. Detroit. (.0-11, )„ 

' Bell foi .\ilaiio"-Sii.u>eit New 
Hav^n 19-11). '■'.''.'-".'."'• ', "■'„,',■ i- '- ■ .' 
, "Blossom Timc"-*KaiMton, W.'mspt 
Pa, 13D"! Lvnc Allentovyn Ci'M, 
Mejn And .; .Trenton l.l i: Lvi Hi, 
Rlcii'iiiOiid 12-3-4 1 Natioiiiik- Wash. 
\6-UV'. : ■,'.'.'■:'' ''v" : -.v : ', ■'",'.■"■' "„' K' 

"Cherry Oi'cliai'd''V-Parkw av /Madi-, 
son (30-3 1 ) , Davidson. Milwaukee, 
1(1-4) „Ta-l't, Cin'c.v (<i"8>, Haitiuan, 
'Co'tv. : '(9;-Jl:.'): ■>'.''.•'■ ,-"'':''.,'■■".■ . ./'','.'""'■.'.'., 

Dante (Magician)— Biltnttiie. L-. A, - 

;('3'(v-i:i:-)v ' ,'.■,■' :'•""'"",:■'■.""'■':■•;.,',' ',■; 

"Doll's House"— Geary. Frisco Ui- 

11 1 'i', : ;-. 

Gilbeit &' Siillivaii— Foi ie.st. Piitla - 
(30-in - ;'".;'■.., ,";.,': :-;:; : ", 

'Good Niglit Ladies"-- Mi-lropoh- 
tan, Seattle (30.-0 ) - Temple, Taciima 
(7): Capitol Yakima, t8 1.: Fox. Spo- 
kane.'O't; Wllma. Missoula (10); Fox,, 
Butte (ID. r ,s'. : ': ; ':.''-''. : :' 

.Harriet"— National, Wash, (30-4); 
And , Roehfcstei ,((i-7), Ei la.ngei , Bull. 
18-111. ''-v-'V \- 

iloi-ses Are: Like That"- - Shubert- - 
Laiavette Detroit (30-4 i. 

In Bed We Cry - —Wilbur, Boston: 

• 30-in.-. , ,:■."•''"■' "■:.: "' ,- 

Kiss and Tell" . t2d Co.)— Stude-, 
baker. Chi. (30-11). ' " ■ ' 

Kiss- and : Tell" ,t3d . Co; )— Muni. 
Aiid : N. Orleans (30); School Bi: n 
Rouge (31 l, A.ud., Beaumont , ,( 1 i; 
Music Hall. Houston t,3-4.i; Texas. 
S.: Antonio (.6); Par, Austin (Ti; Ma- 
jestiti/ Ft. Worth ;(8-9); Melba. Dallas' 
do-in ..■■','',' ; ; v;;s",; s;;, ; 

"fcaffia" Room Only" -- Sh-.ibert 
Boston (6-ii>. ; ';>■{■■ : -. ■■,'■..■'■'■■■ 

■ "Late George Aplev" — F'olii - Bill-: 
to 1 30-4 ' Plymouth, Boston. ( 0-1 11. 

'•Lite With I'alMer" (2d Go i— 
Nixon. Pitt. (30.-.4); Hartman. Col, 
(5-8), English, Ind'p'lis (9-11 i, . 

"Man Who Had All the Luck"— 
Playhouse, W.ilnrton (9-11 1. 

"Men \ Widow:" — Cass. Detioit 

i30^ii' ; i,,'v;': ; y: ;-...',, :: : . -.a;;:. ^. :: ,:';-':; ■ 

"Meirv Widow" ( 2d Co. I — Lanier. 
Moritg'y -t.30 1: Temple. B.rm ham (3,1- 
1 ).; 'Ryman, Nashville (2 ); And , Mem-, 
phis 1,3-4 ); Robinson, : L, Rock (6,1;, 
Muni And, Shreveport (7i. Aud,, 
Baton Rouge (8 ); Muni. Aud,, N. Or- 

leati? 19-n.i. . '■''■■■■;';■. ":.'.','■ 

"Oklahoma" i2d Co.l — Eilatigei , 
Chi (30-11). ,' : ' :"'.''■,'.' .".-■'." 

"OlHello" — Hanna, Cleve. (30-4); 
Nixon; Pitt. (6-11). ■' '.'■ 

"Over 31"— Hai i is. Chi (30-4); Da- 
vidson, Mil, (6-11). :..'"'■ 

"Ramshackle Inn-' — Orpheum Da- 
venport (30); Shrine, bes Moines 
(31); Orpheum,. Sioux City (1); Arid.,- 
St. Jos. '2 ); Grand, Topeka (3 ): Mem . 
Sahna (4): Arcadia Wich. (.6); Aud , 
Pueblo (8); Chief, Col. Springs (9i; 
And.. Denver (10-11 i. ■'■■;■: ■-, 

"Rebecca"— Mem. Aud.., Worcester 
(30), Coin t Sq.. Spnngfd (31-1), 
•Met , providence (2 ); ,SushneH, H'tf'd 
1 3-4 i . . Royal Alexandra, Toronto 
(6-li ; ).::..':"; l y:'';'' : ,,: ; ' : : ''',v'"'-A; '' : -., 

"Robin Hood" — Bushnell. H'tf'd 
(30-31); Lyric. B'dgp't : <:1); Shubert, 
New Haven (2-3-4) 

"Sadie Thompson"— Shubert Phila. 
'30-4 i; Erlangft!-. Phi la. IB-Ill 

San Carlo Opera Co. — Opei a Hse , 
Boston (30-4). . 

"Sing Out, Sweet- Land"— Bushnell, 
Hiirltord 19-11). ; :; ','. ',''.■'.:■■:.:.':'., "':"■,•''■ 
"Sons O' **un"— Shea's, Erie (30 >: 
Shea's, Jamestown ,(3.1); Colonial,. 
Akron (1 ); Palace, Canton (21; .Park, 
Youngstown (3-4); Drake'; Oil City 
(6l; Embassy, Johnstown (7); Aud,. 
Newark. O. (8); Weller, Zanestille. 
19); Hipp, Marietta (10); ..Virginia. 
Wheeling. (11), ' 

•'Streets Ar* Guarded""- Playhouse; 
.Wilmington (3-4); Locust, Phila. (6- 



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The best -of last vveeki's attd-als,, 
"'Siialu ' has a fairly good chance to 
registei iin 'Broadway. New Hugh, 
play would be among the 1uk.Iv ^ross 
crs '(■( t-lie ,seeoi,id ; . act wasn't some- 
what of a dud, and 'that's .because 
there are a. couple .of. characters who 
could be eliminated.' Fust act is 
.good but. it fakes tin;: third to- send 
'em out laughing. -"General! > , th,e 
play 's\ lormu'la of puns', lint;' adoles- 
cents, and patents is similar to 
George Abbott s ' Kiss and Tell lie s 
also presenting "Snatu." - 
''Snafu" is an, "Army expression, 
inoaiiilij! . "situation normal— all 
fouled tip '' Play deals .with Ronald 
Stevens, back home in Pomona, Cal„ 
from the South 'Pacific, havtnt; been 
discbirrgcd froni the Army at the 
• request 01 his parents because he 
isn:t yet lb. The. tall., rangy kid had 
enlisted and quickly won his stripes 
'as, -a sergeant. ; 

, .Madge and Ben, the parents, Ijave 
.no idea that tliPtr.,Ron.ine has' de- 
veloped into "manhood' at the: light- 
ing, front, and think they have a 
problein on their hands The boy, 
however, has teamed plenty, includ- 
ing tuclo, and 'there's a demoiislra- 
turn of that wheiv lie (lips a legitm- 
nane .over .his shoulder* 

■ Ronnie , s buddy, Danny somewhat 
Older, an ives on liii-lou{!h, Laura; 
another adolescent,, who is studying 
journalism in a nearby, girls college,: 
mistakes that boy for Ronald ai d 
there are complications because, he 
goes into the girls .dormitory to be 
interviewed- by the potential lour--, 
nalist, and that's ,fouhd out. 
. In lively act three the somewhat 
bewildered parents realize that they 
have another man in -the house— 
Ronald.,- who, incidentally, has been, 
decorated for bravery Second act 
lags because, of : wordy speeches from 
■an alleged senator and a couple of 
other characters who arch t lea'.lv 
needed. -: '':'..'- ;■:■;- :V':'. ;; . 
" Billy Redtield. a lad who did all 
right in "Junior M.is,s," .fares bettei 
jn this, play as Ronald,: really top- 
,p.mg,the east Maybe he seems too 
.slight . to . -do the. things- he does, but' 
the .boy is. plenty okay as a light 
comedian. Perhaps too, Russell. 
Harclie and Elspeth Eric seem too 
ydung as his parents, but they both 
give good performances Patricia 
Ktrklaiid's Laura., the college girl, 
not onlv looks plenty luring but tops 
Bethel. Leslie as Ronald's next-door 
sweetheart. Ralph' W, Chambers has 
the unfortunate.' part of the windv 
politician but Enid Mat'key, is amus- 
ing as Laura s spinsterish aunt. Okay, 
too. are Dort Clark and Eugenia 
Delaro.va even though latter's Indian 
dialect is hard to hear. Ibee. 



Au,y sciious ideas presented hardly 
stick when the story, terminates, anil '• 
the aveiage couple out iront is liltoly 
to-., become sonu-vyhat bored with it 
all, There cevtfiinly isn't much, di- " 
vei.s.ion lor a show so sintullv pre- 1 
sontGd;i. v ;':' •'■ - .'.'"- ', '-■;.: . .", ;■ .■■■.v : 
Miss Hopkins and Jury co-slnr as, 
J.enny and Dale, tjeing ,on stage 
nearly .all the time, Both are real 
troupers, but have done .-■bettei' id 
other -pails. Martha Sleeper is fea- 
tured and. plays Gloria tctchinglv. 
Joyce Van Pall-, n is the kid; Some- 
times aunoyu),g bttl , rather real 
■Hit.U'tvEtint,- J'atnes Todd and Ev. iwi ' 
DiH.iS complete the cast, the liilfei' 
hav ing an.. amusing, scone Ibec, 



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"Student Prince"— Blackstoiie, Chi: 
(30-11 1. v.-,'':"-; '„' .'■:';.;. '";",'.,:'''. ; 

"Ten Littlo Indians" (2d Co )--Cox, 
C.iP.cv (30-4); Harris, Chi, (6-1 1). ' 

'•Three's a Family"— Curran, San 
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, "Ti'io';— Locust, Phila, (30.4 i, 

"Tropical Revue" (Katherme Dun- 
hatti,)— Erlanger, Buff, (30-4 >>; Hanna, 
Cleve. (6-11). ' 

• Voiee of the Turtle" (2d Co.)— 
Selwyn, Chi (30-11). 

"WallBowei"— Amarican. St. Louis.' 
(30-11), 

"Wait* King"— Aud., St Paul (So- 
il; Parkway, Madison (3); Shriiio 
Des Moines (5); Victory, Dalton ii- 
8). Cox. Cmcv (9-11). 

"Winged Victory" — Mas, Add. 
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- For a play that was reported. doing 
very well put -of town, "The Perfect, 
Marriage ' is disappointing. That it 
will last beyond, an autumn that is 
liectic'-in the matter of theatre book- 
ings' is questionable. 

It has name leads (Miriam Hop- 
kins and Victor JOry) and a corking 
setting, which, howevei"', do not over- 
come a repetitious, , performance,, 
Thei:e ; Is a. seven-person cast but 
What goes on is mostly a duolog be- 
tween two persons who. devote the 
evening to argument, result, teing 
rather enervating to,. first: "nighters. 

•Jenny and. Dale Williams have 
been married for 10 years, then 
seemingly convince each other, that 
romance between, them is over, Both 
ate professionally occupied, he a .de- 
signer of bombers,, she being, on .a 
magazine, They have, a nine-year- 
old ciaughtei and at the start seem 
to be fond, of each' other, so v hy 
Jenny and. Dale Should: suddenly de- 
cide they are out of tune is not ex- 
plained satisfactorily . 

Years before he had had a notion 
about caring: for Gloria Endtc'ott, blit 
there , was no affair,: and when he 
tries to revive the idea, in retalia- 
tion it just doesn't come oft. In act 
three Jeniiy;:dates an ;unseen admirer, 
aiid so she and Dale battle about her 
going out with the fellow, but: they 
end up in: each other's arms. 

It seems that the author has the 
idea the 10th year, of marriage too 
often ■ ends in the divorce courts. 
There .are some witty passages but 
the new play is shy .on-laughtei . and 
there seems to be too much gab. 



Whitfield Cook, author- of, the Be- 
lasco s now . tenant. Violet, based' 
on his Uc-.dbook mag short Stprtes, 
starts , oil' Nxnv Yearls Eve' 'with an 
Cx-tlame. fiv e assorted kids, tvvo ex- 
■vV'tve's, and several Utnelated zanies, 
all ot whom converge' on • the pivotal 
untie The mixture sliould have 
brought tm ti-. a good., rneasviie of ■ 
hilarity, but Cook's play, fails to. jell 
into- sustained cothedy As it is pro- 
duce! Aluin t Mai goiieS won't jostle 
manv 'laughs- oul of Broadway, and 
the comedy's picture possibilities ap- 
pear equally as stun ' Violet is 
financed by Metro,. 

Basically, Cooks play only points 
up anew that real comedy.' is ■ built 
on simple themes that piling up cx- 
agget alums only on, rnre occasions 
tosiilts in flte ■ souglit-tor pandemo- • 
mum. In , Cook's, comedy . the un- 
beiievable pi-ocOeiOusness of. the . 13- 
year-old brat who tries to solve 
papa's marital problems fails.to hold 
water, The ultra -sophistication of 
the' two ex-wives, the imaginiuv 
global ■treks -.0,1. ilie frustrated Vei-. 
montei s the timid eagle scout wild 
the laundu bi- headaches, and the 
brood ol ,kkls underfoot aie all 
1 1- 1 own iii to the stew: but , come out- 
flat, minus the? necessary condiments 
to produce fun and spontaneity! 
Fault, too, lies in Cook's, staging. 

Acting is far from smooth Rre- 
prccm Broadway interest in. play- 
centered , Chiefly ui Pa! llitci-.cock. 
daughter . of film du-ectoi Alfred 
Hitchcock She's been assigned role 
■ol the adolescent with the high I.Q, 
who ai;t'atiges her, father's, third 
•marriage. Although (lie roughness 
in her acting could be polished "by. 
belter direction, the kid doesn't 
shape up as any great luminal \ . re- 
gard less Hei performance on the 
whole is rather colorless, with the 
"heavy"', scenes distinctly flat, 

Harvey Stephens, as the rather 
prolilic lather, gives an erratic p.er- 
forjnance which also sutlers much 
trpm poor direction Paula True- 
man atone seems to capture the au- 
thor's intent of unnihibited zaniness. 
Helen Claire, Fay Baker and. Joan 
V'.ic in other i pie's are adecjuate, 
.but fall to nisptie their paits, 

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O.wen Davis' has the makin's of a 
good melodraina-problem play in 
"Mo Way Out." which opened, at the 
Cort theatre, N. Y. Monday (30), but 
it's -botched completely in the tell- 
ing, There' is. g ceitaih giibiicss 
about the play, 'a natural '..product .of- 
a prolific veteran talent, but for the 
riiokt part this play about medical 
ethics certainly, needs the adrenalin 
tile characters kept talking about 
all evening. .:' ' --, "' ■"..-.''•:'' 

.The play's melodrama involves a 
girl dying of a: rare glandular disease 
and hei' " stepfather-doctor who- de- 
sists from saving her because, he 
wants her money; the problein in- 
volves the professional: ethics, of an- 
other doctor stepping into the case. 
Without being invited to, to save the 
girl. The girl,' who is approaching 
18. lias, Addison's disease, a glafldilku 
deficiency which., it not tfeateft eiirl,- 
and arre-sted, will prove, lata 1 H< k ' 
stepfather:, a .brilliant- surgeon,, yh',',. 
tConfipued on page 46) 



Wednesday, November 1, lf44 



P^RiEfr 



LEGITIMATE 



Bway Holds Wow Pace; lama Up 
To Capacity $21 9 600 in 1st Fid) Wl^ 
'Snafu 12G in 7, 'Marriage' OK 16G 



Harvey Gains in Boston, Sock $12,500, 
No Way NG 5G, 'Pretty One Lags, 5y 2 G 



Boston, Oct. 11. -f 
Five legit offerings last week found 
the town in spotty condition, two of 
the stands doing SRO biz, one doing 
a nice steady draw and the other two 
)n the washout department. The 
week's opener was "Sleep, My Pretty 
One," opening Monday (23) at the 
Wilbiir to catch bad notices down 
the line. 

Boh the Shubert and the Plymouth 
are dark this week, but the San 
Carlo Opera Co. is in the Opera 
House for a week's stay, while "In 
Bed We Cry" replaced "Sleep" at the 
Wilbur and "Tomorrow the World" 
followed ''.'Harriet" at the Colonial. 

Ahead are "Late George Apley" at 
the Plymouth. Nov. 6; "Laffin' Room 
Only," Shubert, Nov. 9; "Bell far 
Adano." Wilbur; Nov. 13: "Sing Out. 
Sweet Laud," Colonial. Nov. 13, and 
"Laughing Waters," Plymouth, Nov. 
20. Also "Dear Ruth," Nov. 27; 
'"Harid in Glove." Dec. 4; "Errand for 
Bernice," Dec. 4, and "Purple Dust" 
(semi-pro >, on Dec. 6, while the Ger- 
trude Lawrence show fs set for 
Christmas Day, 

Estimates for This Week 

"Harriet," Colonial (1,590; $3.60). 
Finished third frame at SRO level, 
estimated $26,000. Could have re- 
mained another month profitably. 
"Tomorrow the World" opened here 
Monday (30), 

"Harvey" (Copley (1.200; $3). 
Gained staunchly on .second week to 
catch estimated $12,500, socko for the 
Copley, Theatre dark this week. 

"No Way Out," Plymouth (1.350; 
$3). Never recovered from sock by 
critics and just about touched esti- 
mated $5,000. Theatre dark this 
week. ■ : -. '.' /• 

"Rebecca;'! Shubert (1,500: $3.60), 
Theatre Guild-American Theatre So- 
ciety auspices held up second week 
to high level, just over estimated 
$22,000. Might have done as well a 
third week. Theatre dark this week. 

'Sleep, My Pretty One," Wilbur 
(1.200; $3). Hit hard by press and 
didn't have a chance: estimated $5,- 
500. Came in for one frame only; 
"In Bed We Cry"' is current here this 
. week. . 



Tangy Web' Fair 

$6,000 in Baltimore 

Baltimore, Oct. 31. 

Marcus Heiman'a initial produce 
tion, "Tangled Web," by Channing 
Pollock, wag given a mild reception 
by crix and only fairish action at 
the b.o. last week, $6,000. New play 
was closed here for further revision 
pending Broadway debut. 

In- currently to nice advance is 
"The Late George Apley," directed 
by George S. Kaufman for Max Gor- 
don. Kaufman and John P. Mar- 
quand, who wrote the original 
"Apley" novel, collabbed on the 
play. ; ■ . 

Critics Pan Shuberfe' 
'Widow' in Pittsburgh 
But Biz Socko 26 JG 

•...'•■:-; f / Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 

Poor notices notwithstanding, Shu- 
berts' production of "The Merry 
Widow - gave Nixon a new high for 
the season so far last week, when it 
rang up sizzling $26,500. More than 
half of that, around $15,000, was in 
the pre-opening till through mail 
orders and advance sale. 

Playing at $3 top, including tax, 
operetta got away fast and kept 
building steadily, even selling out big 
760-seat gallery on a couple of occa- 
sions. Reviews were unanimously 
bad, although a couple credited show 
with at least being a bit better than 
the "Widow" Shuberts sent here two 
seasons ago. 



'APLEY' NEAR-SELLOUT 
$23,000 IN WASH. 

' Washington. Oct. 31. 
"The Late George Apley" sold out 
from Tuesday night on last week and 
grossed $23,000 in eight perform- 
ances.. Both George S. Kaufman and 
John P. Maiquand. co-author play- 
wrights, were here., and before the 
drama hits New York it may be 
minus its epilog. Critics here didn't 
believe it was necessary. George 
Apley has been softened and human- 
ized in the dramatization of the 
book, and is not the Puritan-minded 
Boston Brahmin: to be found in the 
novel: 

Helen Hayes' "Harriet" has come 
in with all night performances sold 
out before arrival. 'Blossom Time" 
opens next Sunday with a matinee, 
and there is a good demand for this 
operetta, which is here for the 18th 
time. Followed by a week of Gilbert 
& Suliivan opera. Then "Rebecca," 
second of the American Theatre i So- 
ciety plays. ~ 

The George Wirth circus, which 
pkiyed Uline's Arena, grossed $35,000 
in eight days. This is the first season 
that the Mingling show has failed to 
play Washington, and so fans made 
the eight-day stay of the Wirth cir- 
cus profitable. 



'Orchard' Fruitful 

$17,000 in St. Louis 

' St. Louis. Oct. 31. . 

With biz off at the pic houses, legit 
here is going rrierrily along. Chek- 
hov's "The Cherry Orchard," with 
Eva LeGallienne and Joseph Schild- 
kiaut in the top roles, closed a prof- 
itable one-week stand at the Ameri- 
can Saturday (28). Eight perform- 
ances, with the house scaled to $3.05. 
grossed an approximate $17,000. Crix 
splashed over with their raves. 

"Wallflower." with Betty Blythe, 
Frank McNellis and Sonya Slokowski 
in the top roles, opened a two-week 
engagement at the American Sunday 
(29): The 1.700-scat house is scaled 
to $3.05 and a fair advance has been 
registered: :/-'•;. . 



'VICTORY' GETS 4HG 
LA.; 'INFERNO' 8G 

' v Los Angeles, Oct. 21. 

Legit business , had its ups' and 
downs here last week, with grosses 
climbing and dropping at various 
houses, depending on the playbills: 

"Winged Victory" wound up its 
three-week stand at the Philharmonic 
with another $41,500, for a total of 
$124,500 for the run. Dante, the ma- 
gician, moved into the Biltmore 
Tuesday and pulled $8,000 on seven 
performances of his new show. 
''Cockeved Inferno." "Maid in the. 
Ozarks" boosted to $10,000 for the 
second .stanza at the Belasco, and 
"Petticoat Fever" climbed a bit to 
$2,30tf on its seventh week at the 
Musart. 

"Blackouts of 1944," at El Capitan. 
held to its capacity, $14,800, for the 
122d stanza at the house. "Guest in 
the-House" drew a poor $1,100 in its 
first week at 600-seater Beaux Arts. 



Opera 



Co. Casting On 
Coast for Legit Pair 

Hollywood. Oct. 31, 
Ralph D. Paonessa, head of the 
American Light Opera Co., is lining 
up casts for two stage productions, 
"Crescendo" and "Home on the 
Range." 

First into production will be 
"Crescendo," opening in Boston late 
in November and scheduled for 
Broadway. . Play with music Was 
written by Harriet Hinsdale and 
Ramon Romero. "Home on the 
Range," written by Sidney Ring and 
Aubrey Stauffer, opens shortly after 
on the Coast. 



•Waltz King' Mild 

$9,000 in 7, Mpls. 

■ s - Minneapolis. Oct. Sfi 

•• Without.. Richard tionelli. ."The 
'.Waltz King." at the 2.100-seat Ly- 
ceum here, pulled a mild $9,000 at 
$3 top for five nights and two mati- 
' necs last week. : -> "'■•' ■/. '. '. 

Show drew a panning from the 

(•111 v. 

'Father' 12G, Toronto 

Toronto. Oct. 31. 

Road voni«)s;i)v of "Life With Fath- 
er' •j.-rewLaiv excellent $12,200 at 
Royal Alexandra last week, with 
.• 1.525-seattr scaUd at $2.50 top. 



'Sons' mG, Buffalo 

Buffalo, Oct. 21. 

"Sons o' Fun" got off to slow start 
at Erlanger last week but gained 
momentum by midweek, and despite 
weak matinee biz, finished up to 
overflow. •/.-.'• - : 

At $3 60 top, marker climbed to 
bright $17,500. 

ZaSu 12G, MVkee 

. Milwaukee, Oct. 31. : 
'■: "Ramshackle Inn," with ZaSu Pitts, 
enjoyed a good week— $12,000— at the 
Davidson, considering the strong op- 
position offered by Harold Stein- 
I man's "Skating Vanities" at the Au- 
Iditornim. 

"Inn" was not treated gently by 
the. reviewers, either. 



'OTHELLO' $53,500 
IN 2 WEEKS AT DET. 

■ Detroit, Oct. 31. 

"Othello" left the Cass Saturday 
(28), a*fter two weeks of turnaway 
business, with $53,500 in the boxoffi.ee 
over the period. Could have done 
two weeks more. Shubert "Merry 
Widow" succeeded it, opening last 
night (30). Last week's gross, $27,500. 

"Horses Are Like That" premiered 
at the Shubert-Lafayette Oct. 24. Did 
$7,000 for seven performances, weak. 

'Saifie' 156 in 4, 
Pluliy; Trio' 36 

:■■ ■:".'. Philadelphia, Oct. 31. 
Last week's outstander of the four 
legit attractions in Phllly was un-. 
doubtedly "Embezzled Heaven," 
which, in its second and final session 
at the Walnut, got $23,000, virtually 
capacity throughout. The Theatre 
Guild production tilted upward oyer 
first week when $20,000 was topped; 
it was underestimated. 

"Robin Hood" disappointed at the 
beginning of its second and last 
stanza at the Forrest after building 
steadily first week, but repeated that 
process last week again and ended 
up, thanks to football crowds, with 
close to $20,000. First week's gross, 
overestimated, was around $17,500. 
Last week's weather breaks helped 
all the shows after minor storm of 
previous session. '.,''. 

Last week's other two shows 
bowed in at midweek. "Trio," drama 
based on theme of sexual abnormal- 
ity, got good notices, 3-1, but failed 
to show any b.o. strength in four 
days at the Locust. It opened Wed- 
nesday night and played no midweek 
! matinee. Sensational theme appar- 
ently not a magnet for curious; $3,100 
in five performances. 

"Sadie Thompson." musical version 
of "Rain," opened Thursday and got 
generally adverse notices with only 
one that rated it much of a chance. 
Crix all admitted big musical at the 
Shubert is elaborate and colorful, 
but score, members of the cast and 
failure to weld original yarn with 
music and dance trappings were tar- 
gets of criticism. Opening night 
found a sensational $4,700 gross 
( there was an advance sate of $30,- 
000), and football crowds gave show 
a big plug Saturday, and in four per- 
formances "Sadie" went to $15,000. 
Management is frankly worried and 
this week's sale has slowed to a walk. 

Philly's present booking chart is 
phenomenal;, even veterans can't re- 
member such a slew of shows on the 
theatrical docket. And that despite 
fact Walnut is dark this week and 
next, following cancellation of Chan- 
ning Pollock's "Tangled Web." This 
week's only newcomer, therefore, Is 
Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co., In at 
the Forrest, for customary two 
weeks. Six operas are being pre- 
sented. Shows now listed include 
•several for single weeks. They are 
as follows: Next Monday (6), 
"Streets Are Guarded" at the Locust 
(one week); Nov. 13, "Glad to See 
You." Dave Wblper musical, at the 
Shubert (two weeks, maybe three); 
also, "Man Who Had- All the Luck" 
at the Walnut .(one week); Nov. 15, 
"Dark Hammock" at the Locust 
(preem): Nov. 20, "Cherry Orchard" 
at the Walnut and "Seven Lively 
Arts" (preem) at the Forrest, both 
for' two weeks; Nov. 27, "Sophie 
Halenczik, American" at the Locust 
(two weeks); Dec. 4, "A Lady of ???" 
at the Forrest (for two), and Dec. 11, 
"Tropical Revue," with Katherine 
Dunham, Locust. 



With Broadway business still ex- 
cellent, a number of shows claimed 
an increase, in gross, which had been 
indicated by fine attendance during 
the early days last week. There have 
been a fair number of new hits so 
far, and more are on the way, ac- 
cording to expert observation and 
the ouf-bf-town takings. 

There will be more withdrawals 
among the recent arrivals, including 
last week's premieres "Sriafu," one 
of the new- ones, should do well 
enough, while "The Perfect Mar- 
riage" got more coin than had been 
expected. "Violet" is doubtful. How- 
ever, "I Remember Mama" did all 
the house' will hold, going close to 
$21,600.. 

>, Estimates for Last Week 
Keys: C (Comedy) . D (Drama), 
CD (Comedy-Drama),- R (Revue), 
M (Musical), O (Operetta), r; • 

"Ansel Street," Bijou (151st week) 
(D-614; $3.60). British meller will go 
into fourth year on Broadway soon; 
gets more ..than some of. the new. 
plays; got $8,300, quoted, last weeK: 

"Anna Lucasta," Mansfield (9th 
week) (D-1,033: $3.60). Sold out 
weeks in advance and looks like one 
of the season's standouts; $19,500. 

"Bloomer Girl," Shubert (4th 
week) (M- 1,382; $5.40), Mail -.orders 
turned down unless for late winter 
or spring; $34,000, socko. 

"Carmen Jones," (Broad way (48th 
week) (M-1,900; $3). One of the 
shows which will play New Year's 
Eve; varies a little, but still in the 
real money; around $28,000 again. 

"Catherine Was Great," Royale 
(13th week) (CD-996; $4.80). With 
the big moneygetters, and looks now 
like it will play through the winter, 
with claimed gross $21,000; big in this 
house at scale. 

"Chicken Every Sunday," Plym- 
outh (30th week) (C-1.075: $3.60). 
Mentioned to move when Gertrude 
Lawrence's "Errand for Berenice" is 
ready, but doing plenty okay; $13,- 
000. 

"Embezzled Heaven," National (D- 
1,164: $3.60). Presented by Theatre 
Guild; dramatized from Franz Wer- 
fel's novel: looks like a natural; 
opened last night (31). 

"Follow the Girls," 44th Street 
(29th week) (M-1,462; $4.80). High- 
grossing show has steady boxoffice 
line, like the other standout holdover 
musicals'; quoted at $37,300. 

"Harvey," 48th St. (C-925; $3.60). 
Presented by Brock Pemberton; writ- 
ten by Mary Coyle Chase: comes in 
with high rating from Boston; opens 
tonight (1). 

"Hats Off to Ice," Center (19th 
week) (R-2,994; $1.98). Likely to 
span the season, like its preceding 
skating revues did; standees gener- 
ally; approximately $42,000. 

"I Remember Mama," Music Box 
(2d week) (CD-979; $4.20). Comedy 
drama aimed through season; selling 
out all performances; around $21,600 
for first full week. 

"Jmcobowsky and the Colonel," 
Beck (3.3d week) (C-1.214; $3.60). 
One of last season's standouts still 
getting close to capacity, with gross 
around $21,000. 

"KIm and Tell," Biltmore (83d 
week) (C-926v $3.60). New laugh 
shows have arrived, but this long 
sticker still In the money; around 
$12,000. 

"Life With Father," Empire (260th 
week) (C-1,082; $3.80). Next Satur- 
day (4) they'll celebrate the start of 
the sixth year oh Broadway; may 
master the run record, $12,500. 

"Meet a Body,;' Forrest (2d week) 
(CD-1,060; $3.60). ' Reported closing, 



3 Sellouts in Chicago, 'Over 21' 186 But 
Exits, Turtle' $20,600, 'Okla.!' $30,000 



but cast took cut; not much improve* 
ment; gross did not reach $4,500. 

"Mexican Hayride," Winter Garden 
(29th week) (M-1,423; $6). Standees 
at all performances, and gross again 
went beyond $45,400; still tops the 
list. V . ■"•':■ . ■ ■ 
"No Way out," Colt (D- 1,064; 
$3.60). Presented by the Shuberts; 
written by Owen Davis; melodrama, 
first known as "The Perfect Crime, 
opened Monday (30); doubtful press., 

"Oklahoma!", St. James (82d week) 
(M-1,529; $4.80). Selling tickets 
nearly three months in advance, and 
the line at the boxoffice is present 
every weekday; $31,000, capacity. ■ 

"One Touch of Venus," 46th Street 
(56th week) (M-1.319;. $4.80). An- 
other real moneymaker, with this 
musical selling out nearly all per- 
formances; $34,000. 

"School for Brides," Ambassador 
(13th week) (C-1,117; $3.60). Can 
stick indefinitely at present pace; 
one of the shows that improved; 
over $12,000. 

"Sleep, My Pretty One," Playhouse 
(D-865; $3.60). Presented by Rich- 
ard KrakeUr; written by Charlie H. 
Garret and, Oliver H. P. Garrett; 
opens tomorrow (2). 

"Snafu," Hudson (1st week) . (C- 
1,094; $3.60). Promising first week; 
opening last Wednesday (25), there 
Were two paid previews at a con- 
cession: takings were $12,000 in 
seven times. '••■-'• 

"Soldier's Wife," Golden (4th 
week) (CD-789: $3.60). Only thea- 
tre parties at slight concession keep 
gross from topping $14,000, which It 
nearly reached last week; looks like 
a run. 

"Son* of Norway," Imperial (10th 
week) (0-1.427; $6). Lively call for 
this musical in agencies and it la 
Belling out, with gross around $41,- 
000. 

"Ten Little Indians," Broadhurst 
(18th week) (D-1,160; $3.60). With 
a company on the road, this who- 
dunit is doing plenty alright, gross 
being rated over $17,000. 

"The Perfect Marriage," Barry- 
more (1st week) (CD-1,115; $3.60). 
Opened Thursday (26), though there 
were whole-priced previews; first 
week's count, around $16,000, was 
impressive. v: 

"The Searching Wind," Fulton 
(29th week) (C-948; $4.20), One of 
the drama stalwarts that opened last 
season: climbed to $17,000, or more, 
last week. 

"The Two Mrs. Carrolls," Booth 
(59th week) (D-712: $3.60). Another 
drama cleaning up; standees most 
times, gross being over $14,000, 

"The Voice of the Turtle," Morosco 
(38th week) (C-896; $4.20). An- 
nounced that Betty Field will re- 
place Margaret Sullavan in about six 
weeks; capacity pace expected to 
hold forth through another reason; 

$22,000. > ' 

"The Visitor," Miller (2d week) 
(D-940; $3.60), Questionable if en- 
gagement will extend beyond this 
week: around $5,000; another show 
reported booked in. ' 

"Violet," Belasco {1st . week) (C- 
1.077; $3.60). Quite doubtful for 
more than three weeks; first week's 
gross not better than $4,000; another . 
show slated to follow. , 
ADDED 

"The Merrv Widow," N. Y. City 
Center (0-2,693; $2.40). Final and 
fourth week; revival has been faring 
excellently, with capacity registered 
at weekends; around $29,000. 

Ballet International, International. 
New and costly ballet venture open- 
ed a season of six weeks on Mon- 
day (30). 

VAUDE-REVl'E 
"Star Time," Majestic (7th week) 
(1,179: $3). Intention- is to play be- 
yond New Year's; business sturdy for 
this type of show; rated over $24,000. 
NEIGHBORHOOD 
"Junior Miss," Flatbush, Brooklyn. 
''Naughty Marietta," Windsor, 
Bronx. 

"Claudia," Queensboro, Elmhurst, 
L. I. 



"Wallflower"/ $6,500, Indpls. 

Indianapolis, Oct. 31. j 
Wallflower " took an okay $6,500'! 
| in four performances, $3 top, at the i 
j English (1.500) Oct. 26, 27, 28. House | 
is dark now until after election, with 
"Life With Father" slated for: Nov. ] 
9 opening. ■ '• 

Mnrat. old Shubert house here. is. 
getting increasing play from I oad r 
shows this seasfin. "Porgy and Bess-' 
noiv scheduled In follow- "Mei'ry 



Widow" revival thtie. 



Record Attractions 

For Lyceum, Mpls. 

Minneapolis, Oct. 31. 

Along with Katherine Dunham's 
•Tropical Revue," "Waltz King" and 
Tito Guizar, which already have 
played house; Leoh Murray already 
has set 14 other attractions for . the 
local Lyceum, a record number for 
recent years 

Bookings are "Student Prince." 
Nov. J6-19: "Good Night Ladies," 
Nov. 30-DeC;' 6: "Son? o' Fun," Dec. 
7-9: Paul Robeson in "Othello/' Dec. 
11-13: "3 is a Family." Dec. 20- Jan.. 1: 
Life With Father." Jan. 3-6: 
"Naijghtv Marietta/' Jan. 7-9; "Re- 
becca." "Jan. 15-L7: ZaStl Pitts in 
•Ramshackle Inn. Feb. 12-15: Ballet 
International. Feb. 16-18; Helen 
H#vc* i t 'i-larviel." Mf.rch .1-3: "Over 
21." Mav '2-5: Gilberi Sullivan Opcr:' 
Co., May 9-12 and "Blo'som Time," 



I May ■21-24, 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Three of Chicago's five legits con- 
tinue as sellouts, with one of them, 
"Over 21," pulling out of the Harris 
Saturday (4) because of commit- 
ments, "Ten Little Indians" moves 
in Monday (6). Last week's take 
for the three included $18,000 for 
"21," $30,000 for "Oklahoma!" and 
$20,600 for. "Voice of the Turtle." 
Estimates for Last Week 

"Kiss and Tell," Studebaker (77th 
week) (1,400; $3).- Held to $13,000. 

"Oklahoma!", Erlanger i50th 
week). (1,500; $4.20). Sellout $30,000. 

"Over 21," Harris 1 7th week) 
(1,000; S3). Sellout $18,000. 

"Student Prince," Blackstone ' (1,- 
200; $3). ' Nice $14,800. ;,-'- 

"Two in a Bed," Great Northern 
(2nd week) (1.400: $3). Skeclded to 
fold Nov. 11 but' may so sooner de- 
spite two-for-ones. Dismal $4,000. 

"Voice of the ' Turtle,? Sclwyn '4th 
wet k. J ( 1,0(5''": $3 : , fi|) •., S v. 1 1 o u I $.2 ' i . (i "■() . 



Dunham Dancers Fair 
$13,500 in Cincinnati 

: ,/ Cincinnati, Oct. 31. 

An estimated $13,500, fair, was 
chalked up by Katherine Dunham's 
"Tropical Revue" on nine perform- 
ances at $3 top last week in Uhe 
1,300-seat Cox. 

This Week the Cox has "10 Little 
Indians" at $3 top, . 



Ann Shepherd, John Harmon, 
Louis Sorin, Roscoe W, Chandler, 
Donna Keath. Doris Rich, Camila 
Ashland; "Sophie Halenczik, Ameri- 

tr, n/'. 

Peter Hamilton; "Sing Out, Sweet 
Land." -,:•/. 

Virginia Gilmore. Howard Smith, 
Phvllis Povah. John Dall; "Dear 

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ftimtr. ■dunrai.ic sequence* cam .m.- 
:aoniv. ' ••■ ■ 

. Fie-dc. it Tunere.as Faori. and Pair. 
M.cGraih.. as former tlanie aiid i>ivs- 

-.fiii "asSrioeiafe and . -counsel lo' of 
Devlin, arc as polished, a pair a* 
I'mitd he desired for the parts, f a- - 

':ti'i DcSalex combines a "sturdy a i- 

. pea I-aniM'- wit b t!C'ti ng talent to fash- 
ion a ijood Tim. Ruth Matteson 
■UrUiRs aUuie to the.role ol a musical 
coiiiwh .star and makes < the part 
•iMhe'ri'Uc* vrtlh a "pleasing renditio' 

. or a specially written song; Eleai-.o 
A nd ley 'bites-., tier way through a 
cvnual role -lind Elena Kara-m dis- 
plays ..skill ' as a 'refugee ' Vpi-oteiiee". 
of'Fabvi'sv, Miuiry Tuekcrmao C.i.yyV 
.a proper, air of irresponsibility to ii 
comedy pair. John Kane is amus.lii:{. 
in a '.swish advertising man bit". 
'Others are well .cast.. 
' John C, Wilson's double contribu- 
tion as producer-director hods bun 
iiol war. ling iit: either capacity. . -Sets 
are luglilv attractive and b!e • I 
theeiv uith some stulinmg . leniiuii t: 
•apparel. Latter, designed by Adrian 

...'.(fi>r, Miss Chase X and Hatlie Car- 
negie < for distaff balance of oast i. 
WM .be •ii'uch admired ifi the week, 
t.i iifiiie. Staging presented an ev- 
' ireptioiially smooth premiere and re- 
:,<ji.ui'es only routine tightening lot 

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hp» ai a rawijiiek, - Is unbelievably 
anw.icuroh and dull . Second and 
thud acts pel* up pi ' 1 1 i::.b!\ 
c'iief'h through the v;a>!lv ami. smg 
chai aclcri/ation of ©«.ej. • folk as 
tXcgiij stable . box and. wispy Nell 
tlarrisnii.as the v. b'py : little owner, of 
the farmius horse. .F.lbel Br: nor. is 
d valiant .m'atnstav is the- secretary, 
,.ed 'Reed -Bi-inMi, .Ii is as com m<?- 
ii n is. anyone Could be as Hie 
,n iplet Bernard Gorcey hops about 
«»■ a comic lawyer and Richard 
Tabei has little, to do s v. Brow it s 
tv;i> dVni.vii .None Ot the others is 
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Anne Nichols aiid Frank McCoy 
lucsented "Horses Are Like That." 
a farce in three acts and four scenes, 
by Rip Van Runkel. at the Shubert- 
i.at'ayette; It hasn't much of . a 
chance. 

It is', the .StOry; of'.'* Hollywood 
.scriptwriter with a .yen to become a 
'big producer, and no cash' to fulfill 
that ambition. In the hope dt meet- 
ing a' .successful producer, he goes 
to a racetrack, runs a small bet up 
to. enough lo. "claim" a consistent 
loser, and all of a sudden, just when 
the nag is becoming a problem, is' 
presented by the mare with twin 
•".-•lis . siren by a fabulous KOr 
Lai-ter is owned by a recluse maideii 
lady . without her knowledge, a 
. couple of chummy stable boys ar- 
ranging that matter, offstage. 
The little; lady even consents, be- 
' cause of her deep concern over the.« 
developments,' to . be starred iii s 
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Phiilv never hart a vha'Hffr-10 see 
Briiistoins "The Captive or Bronv 
hold's • The.Creou Bay- Tree." At the 
tiiilV those two plays .ran., to! modei - 
ate etniagenients on Bi.oadway. this 
citr had a heav.v-haiiued censoi 
UoaiU which . would have turned 
tluintps dow;n on both. these sliows— 
jii'iinto. ;' .' ,- :;, 'J.; 

"A lot of water has flowed under 
the bridge, howevei singe 1!)26. when 
'•The Captive", .created ,,such a con- 
trpveisy' during its' slay at the -Em- 
pire on Broadway. Novels bascd on 
homosexuality and sexu'al perver- 
sions have appeared with a certain 
amount of regularity. "The Well of 
Loneliness," ...which' caused a furore, 
has had successors which didn't cre- 
ate more than a ripple. That's the. 
way .it is. with •-'Trio" as far as the 
theme being offensive or undesirable 
is concerned. There is now. has been 
aiid always will be a definite section 
of the playgoing public Who will 
want nothing to do' with a play deal- 
ing- with so neurotic and— to them— 
unhealthy a theme, Their number 
1>V- now. however, is not large and it 
is hard to conceive of "Trio" being 
attacked as undermining public mor- 
als or eveii offending .good taste. The 
real- question .to be. considered is 
whether "Tr io" has what it takes to 
achiev e, boxofvice ;su'ccess. It's very 
questionable that it has. 

As' disclosed at. its Locusl opening, 
the new play started slowly while 
the authors .laid the groundwork for 
their,' otherwise closefy : knit action, 
and then leaped into tense and emo- 
tional dramatic scenes that climaxed 
both the. second and third acts. Only 
a certain amount of judicious. cutting' 
of dialog— and perhaps the pruning 
of a superfluous character or two 
(which the management has . hinted I 
ih.ould make Act T a highly, satisfac- 
tory springboard into the grim near- 
t.ragedy and high-pitched draina that 
is to lollow. 

'..As a matter of. fact, the authors 
ha.ve dohe a rather remarkable job 
with l Mrs. 1 Oorothy Baker's original 
story, from which few. .deviations 
have been made. The subject matter 
has been handled' with tact and taste; 
the characters have been well devel- 
oped, and the steadily rising crescen- 
do of dramatic intensity that pre- 
cedes; both' of the last two curtains 
sets "Trio" many notches above 
average stage writing and. inciden- 
tally, robs it (for all. except the mast 
squeamish) of offensiveness. .. 

In "The Captive." it was a "respect- 
able and well-to-do married woman 
fallen under the physical spell of. one 
of her own sex: in "Trio" it is a 
voting, unmarried schoolteacher who 
-became* victim of an unnatural af- 
fection for a sophisticated, intellect- 
ual and, .apparently, fascinating 
Frenchwoman, also a teacher on the 
staff, of the same niidweslern univer- 
sity.'- In ''The Captive." the husband, 
horrified, of course, but not unduly 



excited ' i it- memory serves V played 
a somewhat static role, ' liv "Trio," 
the young boy . friend la student 
earn.mg'liis way through college ) be- 
comes, distraught, liu:i<His, vitupera- 
tive, and highly demonstrative. ,lle 
spuiiis the -girl- With; bitter and ugly 
yvditls oulv to cnine alter her a few 
hours* later to lead her;,' eventually, 
awas to probtible luippint'ss 
■ ■The. two. big see' is of "Trio"-, and 
big they are .in the . emotional, fashion 
that used to mark Be.lasOo s contro- 
versial- plays and emotional, loo, in 
a Gitllic .maimer:- tli'a't laused one* 
Cl arc In i e tti moVttioii. quite propei- 
-Iv, the French school o I Sard on— are 
(in Act 11 1 the young man's apart- 
ment to which the older woman 
tonics, furioiis w i tl> jealousi . to sep- 
arate' the- lovers and l in. Act Til l. -in' 
tlie women's aparlment when the 
girt breaks .irrevocably with her 
l i n net and leaves Hie older ; w oma n, 
brokenhearted, desolate and close to 
maniacal hysteria.' There's plenty of 
gootl theatriciil meat in both these 
long scenes 

Brctargne Wuidu^t s sensitive, ob- 
servant and 'generally line direction 
have done m.u'cil ;to aid this dramati- 
zation ol a lormOi bestseller, but it 
is hard _lo imagine what it might 
liave been without the" trio of players 
who -are; leatured, Lydia St. Clair, 
all but unknown nr this counti V 
•l Elmer' Rice s ".Flight to the- . West" 
excepted.i. has liad plenty of experi- 
ence:, on the French stage. In her 
perlormance- of the.. older woman 
here, she lends' to Ije inaiidible in the 
first act and. because of her accent 
and quick speech, blurs; se.veral later 
speeches, but heis is a glowing, vital, 
dynamic and always understandable 
pari, : iWliaf'.s most, .important; she 
wi.n.s a' certain amount, of pity for 
the poor vvoman although, when the 
gild .,nientions thai . word,. Pauline 
Maury (Miss St. Clair:), asks in her 
a ng ii i si led curtail i cry' i f they k now 
what it means to her lo be pitied. 

.Lois Wheeler is repressed, digni- 
fied aiid .extremely sympathetic as 
the girl. It's a tuugh role lor a 
young actress and she clicks strongly. 
Good. too. is Richard Midmark as 
the boy who. like Miss Wheeler, un- 
derplays with good effect . 

The group, of characters who ap- 
pear in Act I at Pauline Matiry 's tea 
or cocktail party— -most of them be- 
longing to the campus--are interest- 
ing enough but inclined to clutter tip 
the play no matter how .important 
they may ha.ve been in the book.. 
"Trio." which now has nine charac- 
ters, could very well get along with 
five. - - :'/:... •■■,-;.'. V,.-' .v 

' Stewart Chancy 's two sets are ex- 
ceptionally, effective. .Chances: of 
"Trio" depend on its raising a pos- 
sible; furore of outraged public re- 
sentment: it shouldn't. lis chances 
depend on how large a percentage of 
the playgoing public will take time 
to give serious attention to this grave 
and weighty theme and whether the 
same public ; will accept the long 
stretches of early dialog in order to 
get to the dramatic mea?; Wntei^. 



the old family friend and admirer of 
Nora. It was Merivale who drew the 
heartiest audience response and who 
did full justice .to his dramatic exit in 
Act 111. Kven his playing of: the 
touohy love avowal scene, wherein 
the old bachelor bares .his heaft to 
the: pt'eity, young wife of his old-lime 
patient and friend, is handled With 
the necessary dignity and grace to 
Ireep the- vi, me iron-, going haminy 
and ludicrous, 

.Dale Melbourne, real eye lovely, 
does: a pleasing- job as Nora, reaching 
true liramatic bights at several 
points,' parlicularlv in her final re- 
nunciation, of being. Torvald's play-, 
thing.gamboling in his private "Doll's 
House.'' Her delivery and gestures 
.succeed in achieving a genuine 
depth of emotion. Francis Lederer is 
higl-jly successful as the dominant, 
egot istical and . iinimagihatlve Tor- 
vald: His drunk scene, which imme- 
diatclv ■ precedes. Hie blowup of his 
plavhbuse world, is outstanding, and 
drew appreciative response. His 
slow,' iiiicomprehending. acceptance 
of Nora's faicW.eH peaks a fine per- 
formance. 

• -.lane Darwell: as house and nurse 
maid. Aniie. is hearty and warm, but 
not outstanding. Ly-le Talbot's inter- 
pretation of the perseculed and mis-, 
understood Nils Krogstade is sympa- 
Ihetic and fills the bill. Greatest, dis- 
appointment is Keveiv McClure's por- 
traval of Nora's childhood friend. 
Mrs. Linde.-- Miss McClure was ob- 
viously not in her element and con- 
slanttv overplayed, speaking in pre- 
cise. - stilted phrases and gesturing 
emptilv. • Larry. 



metier, He's a. ham— -no doubt about 
it— but a delightful one. 'flic kind 
who sings for the sheer love of ii 
His tenor was recalled .for manv enl 
cores when caught, and lie met' each 
occasion with a gleeful rubbing of 
his palms, a hitch of his belt— and a 
vibrant voice that inu.st surelv be 
among the greatest of the dav. '■■■}•: ., 
: For acting honors it remains 'for 
Miss Eggerlh, wdvo is Mrs. Kiepura in 
private life, to retain tlie .family • 
dignity. Her voice is Ihinlv lyrical 
and. the duets with Kiepura drew tc*- 
peated plaudits. Actually, the rest of 
the show amounts to little but stage 
waits pending the stars* appoai-anccs. 
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Cleveland, Oct. 17. 

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iii tlnv* -h'i'Ih ,l>y l.irtH, a H li*> Nelson.. 
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HI»S Il'Ul^f . OitnvliiJi.l, t>,:t. ff; '4t; $1.50 
lop. . 

Initial full-length play by' Lieut 
Ralph Nelson, which won first prize 
in servicemen's play wrightjng con- 
test sponsored last season By Na- 
tional Theatre Conference, is a liter-" 
ately written but not so exciting in- 
tellectual drama. It's about a Tittle 
Utopia founded on a mythical isle, 
where European refugees live peace- 
IiSlty for 300 years until World War 
II erupts in their backyard. 

Nelson, a fighter-pilot instructor 
stationed in Georgia, allows his 
characters to talk too much. They 
spout more rhetoric, soma 01 It 
poetically written, than a half-dozen 
senators stumping for re-election. 
While of-interest to university little 
theatres, piece in. present condition 
is far too esoteric lor commercial 
theatre audiences. '."'. 

Noel Leslie is. most striking char- 
acter, a< tha Pvussian i orfl65\-. 
Florence Healy and BuiT; Trenoh «ff 
okay in slight romance, siubordlnated 
by patriarch portrayal of Odarenee 
Cavanaugh, James Maloney as 9 
tosspot physician, and Harriet 
Brazier as mother untouohaji t>y 
wickedness of outside world. Seorge 
McCalmon. of National Theatre Qcm- 



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Plays on B'way ished 

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.\» Way Oil* 

has chrne up from the shmis;-.has let 
his . marriage to. a wealthy widow 
rashly lead him' to plunge into slock 
speculations and financial entangle- 
ments. He has- dissipated his . wile s 
holdings and now- heeds his step- 
daughter's money to clear Jimisell. 

Trving to prevent his daughters 
marriage to a young chemist, he- 
runs. counter to the chemist's sister. 
wl\o is also a doctor. Latter notes 
girl's condition.. sees the stepfathers 
wrong or negligent approach, but is 
helpless under the doctor.'.s code to 
interfere. Clash, of code vs. con- 
science resolves -itself Hually with 
the woman doctor stepping In to un- 
mask the stepfather and save the 

girl. --. '.-.' '.-. ."';-." ■ w ;' 

Play moves: slowly, going to pieces 
completely in the third act. Occa- 
sional scenes are dramatic but most 
are dull. Dialog level drops down 
to such a third-act nugget. as a love- 
sick nurse telling the male doctor, 
"You know I'd go to hell for you' — 
lines which may have sounded 
bright in the first of the 300-odd 
plays Davis wrote, but- which only 
brought audience titters here. •. 

Acting for the most part, is- pe- 
destrian. Screen actress Irene Her- 
vev is an unusually attractive .but 
unconvincing as the woman doc- 
tor. Robert Keith likewise fum- 
bles in his triple-threat role of pro- 
ducer, chief actor and co-director. 
Minor roles rather stand out, namely 
Viola Roache's as a sister-in-law, 
ai< v d John Marriott's as the servant. 
Edward Gilbert's set is attractive, 
but whole production seems niodest- 
ly budgeted. Bron. 



will be given every opportunity to 
grow with the company, learning the 
.screen wuting. as well as production 
ends of the business, from. the ground 
»p. '.;;:. ; - :. 

Peter, Martin, eastern- story and .' 
talent, head foi" Universal, who closed 
the deals for the four senpters lured 
to date, points out that tins new 
angle of nabbing promising writing 
talent 111 the bud is part of a long- 
range program that. '.eventually is 
expected to pay big dividends En- 
tire situation revolves around fact 
that Universal execs are not in the 
bidding tor what they believe are 
abnormal; prices for Broadway plays, 
have, within the past several 
bought very few 'newly pub-' 
books for filming. 
a resul t,- Marti n is scouring' the ; 
market for newspapermen.' mag staff- 
ers, radio scriptei.s. etc., who have 
s how- n by their writings that t hey 
might have . what it takes to bang 
out "'.screen'.. adaptations and origifials. 
for film fare. 



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t,ain round of moderat* applause 
The play's Bay City run wijl mol 
ably be fairly successful, partio 
since legit theatre fare has 
sparse and definitely second strjna ti)l 
now. Cast, in all but one aas», -Is 
very capable. , 

Scenes opening night were oonsUt- 
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was his restrained and salty best as 



'THK MKRRY WIDOW 
(City Center, N. Tf.) 
"The Merry Widow" of tlie New 
Opera Co., which achieved a con- 
s.iderable success Ja.st season at the 
Majestic, N, Y.. has returned to 
Gotham an a prelude to what should 
be a long tour. There have been 
certain changes in the cast, but the 

tars, jaij Kiepura and Marta 
gge.rth. Of the original production; 
are bjok again to give the snow a 
boHOffice lihpetus which ft.'unr 
doubtecfiy will aohieve on the road. 

It's a lavish production of inoop- 
siatent performjinees, with the Fran/ 
L#har iftusie still (ine selling standout. 
Show ft freauai\tly slow, due ill a 
measure to the frequent encores re- 
quired of the stains. And when en- 
cores are deqianded, Kiepura, the 
Met Opera star, is really in his 



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Within a. short, time, 800.000 of . the 
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moving by air- mail , to Los A'ngeles 
and New York where the first day- 
sales took place today (31 1 . 50,000.00(1 
of the stamps will be printed. . 

Present at the ceremonies at the. 
Bureau of Engraving When the. run 
started .were George .1. Schaefer, 
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Broadway 



Dick Weaver has joined Theatre 
Guild publicity staff. ; 

Lorella Val-Mery on road, with 
"Sing Out, Sweet Land." 

Will Morrissey now in J. J. Shu-: 
beri's office as aide to the producer. 
' Monti and Lyons, vet vauders, go- 
ing out "on USO-Camp Shows' Vic: 
jojy circuit., . 

C J Witting, USO-Camp Shows 
asst'. treasurer, gone to. London for 
a month On administrative' assign- 
ment., i \ ' ■ ■ ■ 

Owen Davis, Sr.; whose "No Way 
Out'': opened at the Coit Monday 
< 30 ), says he feels better than at any 
time within 10 years. 

Sam E. Morris, executive assistant 
to Joe Bernhard,. g.rrt. of Warner 
theatres, returned to. his desk 'follow-: 
ifig a lengthy illness. 

Lillian Jenkins, acting publicity 
director of Madison Square Garden, 
to Chicago to bo. the "Ice Follies," 
due at the Garden Nov. 21. 

Fred Schader, agenting "The Merry 
Widow," 'is in Grace hospital, Detroit, 
with a touch of pneumonia but re- 
ported progressing favorably. y .. 

Theatre Guild will have a cocktail 
party Friday <3) with Ethel Barry- 
more the guest of honor. She opened 
in "Embezzled Heaven" at the Na- 
tional, Tuesday (31). 

Oswald Marshall is playing tire 
part of the aging legit actor "Mr. 
Hyde" in "I Remember Mama." Music 
Box, N. Y., although Bruno Wick was 
mentioned as having the assignment. 

Sally Berkowitz, terry IRKO) 
Turner's secretary for the past 12 
years, on leave of absence for six 
months in Mexico with newly 
wedded artist - husband, Clarence 
Wilbur. 

Al Jolson, who has just completed 
four of Army hospitals, will be in 
New York for the weekend. Singer 
Will return to Miami after a Short 
slay here, planning another, hospital 
tour west to Los Angeles. 

Trans-Lux Movies Corp., of Dela- 
ware, has changed its name to Trans- 
Lux Theatres Corp. George H. 
Eiehelberger, N. Y. City, filed the 
papers with the Secretary of State 
in Albany. 
"Sinatra balked at; a - p a. gag of 
. hauling him in armored truck from 
the Paramount to a radio guest-shot, 
on the theory it might be miscon- 
strued he's sensitive about being 
egged again. • 

The Monte Carlo's new Casino 
room premieres Election eve as a 
strictly formal. .--no-20% tax boite. 
The must-dress is a must. Theory 
is that the stylists have been agi- 
tating for more formality. 

Agent Mike Special's son, Robert 
Donald Special, torpedomah an U. S. 
destroyer Maury, has received a 
Presidential unit citation "for out- 
standing performance in- combat 
against Japanese forces in Pacific 
Avar area." , 



the maestro while he was at the 
Stanley. 

Charlie Kurtzmans— he managed 
Pehn before becoming Loew district 
chief in New England— have adopted 
a six-year-old boy. 



of the late Maestro Miguel Lerdo de 
Tejada, famed composer, that Fed- 
eral Sen. Franco Urias is to produce. 

Ministry of the Interior has placed 
its local radio station in charge of 
its chief clerk, Hector Perez Mar- 
tinez. He succeeds Jose Altamirano, 
now director of the Government's 
press bureau... -. 



Pittsburgh 

By Hal Cohen 

6us Van' into Villa Madrid starting 
Monday (30). . . 

Tony Verdi quit as manager of Don 
Mctz' Club Casino. 

Bill Green celebrating 14lh anni- 
versary of his Casino. 

Jean Wald, with Frederick Brothers 
office on Coast, here for visit with 
her folks. 

Pittsburgh Drama League's second 
annual $500 play writing- Contest, ends 
today (1). 

Leo Strini has left Everett Neill 
oreli at Oasis; with Ralph Di Stefano 
replacing. 

,''.'■ Ed Wilharm opposing Gene Urban; 
Incumbent, for presidency qf 'musi- 
cians Local 60. 
Barbara Goldsmith joined WCAE 
..publicity, staff, replacing . Marian 
Lambie. resigned. 

Bill Bickel, Bob Rhodes' ex-pian- 
ist, home on a furlough from Marine 
ba.se in San Diego. 

; "Icecapades" opened Garden's r'un 
Monday night (30) to advance sale 
of more than $100,000, 
_ Stanley Manager Charlie and' Mrs. 
Eagle celebrated their 25th wedding 
' anniversary last . week. - '• 

Armida Wardell and Ginger Quig- 
'Cy back together again, in mteries 
no.ng a "sister", dance' act 

Dorothy Nesbift celebrating her 
fifth anniversary at* the Hotel 
' H.enry'.s Gay Nineties Lounge. 

Elmer Kenyon in ahead of "Har- 
. r.ief* and Dick Lambert around beat- 
in;' the drums for Ballet' Theatre'.' 

Singer Betty Falvo. just back from 
USO tour of Endand. at Villa 
Madrid nn same bill with G'usV Van. 
:■.:' Irmn. Carroll, recoverinc: from art- 
npnrliv operation, will rejoin 'Gloria 
Lpp tj-o-ioi'lrat. Nixon "Cife - next 
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Hollywood 

' Charles Coburn bedded by flu. 
Al Pe'arce bought a turkey farm in 

Oregon. . , 

■ Taflulah' Baukhead laid up with 
la ■> ngitis. 

Eleanor Parker recovering from 
appendectomy. 

. Edward Raftery in town for United 
Artists conferences. 

John Carroll back in pictures after 
two years in the Army, . . 
■ Maria Montez and her three sisters 
checked in from the east, 

Charles Winninger celebrating his 
50th year in show business. 

Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa to 
Palm Springs for two weeks. . . 

Charles P. Skouras reelected chief 
barker of Variety Club, Tent 25: 

Troy Orr, out of the Army,; re- 
turned to the advertising field. 

Bob Haymes returning to pictures 
alter discharge from the Army. 

John Russell back in greasepaint 
after two years with the Marines. 

John H. Auer to Mexico City for 
huddles with Cantinflas, Mexican 
star. '• -■'•" ■■ .; - 

Olivia de Havilland reported ill in 
nn Army hospital somewhere in the 
Pacific.:; ;•:"•'•'.■'■ ■ ..-' 

Lon Young back at his Metro desk 
after seven weeks out "with eye 
trouble. 

Joseph Hazen. associate of Hal B. 
Wallis, in from New York for studio 
huddles. 

Lieut. Col Jack Votion, former 
RKO producer, back from Europe on 
furlough. 

Sergei Matta. Chilean producer, 
studying Hollywood technique at 
20th-Fox. 

Paul Malvern, producer, removed 
the cast from his leg a month after 
an operation on his knee. i 

Edmund Lowe laid up with a 
wounded hand, burned by a blank 
cartridge in a cops-and-robbers film. 

Ticker Freeman, pianist for Dinah 
Shore, was informed by the War De- 
partment that his brother. Sgt. Albert 
A. Freeman, was killed in France. 

Col. H. S. Himatsinhji, Indian 
Army officer, helping Col. Frank 
Copra to prepare a joint British- 
American film on the Burma cam- 
paign. • " 



Dorothy Donegaii set for week of 
Jan. 18 at the Regal, 

Lt. Arnold Dean White, Gail Pat- 
rick's spouse, appendectomied at. a 
locol naval hosp. 

Joe E. Brown autographed' copies 
of his book "Your Kids and Mine,*'..at 
Marshall Field Friday (27), 

Bettv Blvthe, Sonya Stokowski and: 
Frank McNeills open, in "Wallflower" 
at .the Great Northern Nov. 12,' ' 

Variety Club held its second an- 
nual Hallowe'en and bingo party at 
the Blackstone Saturday (28). 

Lt. James Fennell, former Mary- 
land theatre manager, reported seri- 
ously wounded in action in France, - 
: Clark Chesney, who has been seri- 
ously ill in N. Y., joined his wife, 
Katherine Warren, of "Kiss and Tell" 
cast, last week. 

New Year's Eve scale for "Okla- 
homa!'' already set at $7.20 main 
floor; $6. $4.80 and $3.60 first balCony, 
and $2.40 second balcony. 

Homer Curran, here between 
trains', said he and Gilbert Miller 
plan reviving "Lady Windermere's 
Fan," with Ina Claire,. Constance Col- 
lier and Anita Louise. 

Michael Bartlett signed to sing 
tenor part opposite Jeanette MacDon- 
ald in "Romeo and Juliet" at her 
grand opera debut at Civic Opera 
Nov. 4. Bartlett was recently re- 
leased from Marines; 

Eddie Dowling tiue into the Civic 
around Christmas .with Laurette Tay- 
lor and Julie Hay don in "Glass Me- 
nagerie," new play by Tennessee Wil- 
liams. Plans, indefinite yet, also in- 
clude "Signpost." by Walter Vincent 
Anderson, and a Sean O'Casey drama. 



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Cerf's New Book -' 
'Bennett Cert's new book, "Try and 
Stop Me," is subcapiipned "a collec- 
tion of anecdotes and stories; mostly 
humorous." As Such it's not only a 
wham .$3 worth for casual reading 
but will undoubtedly prove dandy 
source material for many a profes- 
sional and ■ semi-pro. quipster. 

Book is unusual m several re- 
spects One, it's a literati Ripley— 
Simon & Schuster publishes com- 
petitor Random House prexy Cerfs 
book. Tiie reason: S&S has more 
paper. Two, it's really going to'lowri 
ballyhooing it, . A first print order of 
50,000 is now capped by a 25,000- 
copy reorder, before release. 

The book is indeed a treasure- 
trove of. anecdota by the famed and 
infamous, which author Cerf says he 
has culled from memory and "count- 
less issues of the New Yorker, Time, 
Life, Newsweek, 'Variety;' Reader's 
Digest and Coronet;" It has been 
cleverly departmentalized into sun- 
dry categories . and makes plausible 
Simon & Schuster's desire for a dif- 
ferentiation . between "edited by" and 
"by" Bennett Cerf. The latter is 
correct, which is as it should be,; as 
he skillfully authored one of our 
better anthologies of humorous 
Americana. . Abei. . 



& Schuster, founders of the com- 
pany, and Shimkin, who has been 
associated with them fqr the past 
20 years. • - 

"Life" in BostoB. 

'-;; As part of his .campaign tor the 
governorship of Massachusetts, Bos- 
ton's Democratic: mayor Maurice J. 
Tobin got out 100,000 eight-page 
pamphlets on the front page bl 
which there was a full-page portrait 
of the mayor.. ..and in the upper 
left-hand corner of which there was 
an inscription remarkably similar, in 
color and structure to the trademark 
of Life magazine. This w*-ck . L: fe 
threatened suit unless the pamphlets 
were immediately ; wKhdrawn from 
circulation. It was. 



IS 

By Les Rees 

Curly 's nightclub holding over Ken 
Walker's "Chinese Follies." 

University of Minnesota theatre 
offering "She Stoops to Conquer." 

"Gypsy Baron" played St. Paul, Au- 
ditorium, but passed up Minneapolis. 

Tommy Bauer orchestra held over 
indefinitely at Hotel Lowry Terrace 
cafe. 

Rudolf Friml here to conduct or- 
crestra presenting program of his 
Compositions. 

Minneapolis Symphony orchestra 
opened season with program dedicat- 
ed to U.S, navy. • 
. Marion Francis and Burton's Birds 
with Gene Eyman's orchestra at Ho- 
tel Radisson Flame Room.- " . 

Doryce Drew. Jack Waller and Jo 
Willis into Andy's nitery with Joe 
Griffin and-. Stella and Her Fellas 
orchestra 

Hotel Nicollet Minnesota Terrace's 
.floor show has Three Imagiiiatois, 
Staplcfotis. Bert.' AUcrtori '.arid. Selma. 
Marlowe dancers. ,'. . . ."• 



Mexico City 

By D. t. Grahame 

Joseph G. Mullen, local Fox man-' 
ager. ill. ■ "-. -:■'"'•. " 

Hotel Waldorf has. inaugurated; its 
Blue Room. ■ 

. Juan Sad.o. Peruvian radio mogul, 
here on business. ; 
. Antonio Moreno joined ;, Mexican 
pic, directors' union. . 

Xavier Campos Ponce quit as 
Clasa Films publicity man.- . 

Angeles Soler, young Spanish pix 
actress, here to play in films.-. • 

Virginia Seiret inked as the star 
of -'Ma-uricio Mf.gdaleno's' next .pix. 

. Julian Soler, Rafael Baledon and 
Lilia Michel signed by Clasa Films; i 

Roberto Morell. tenor, joined the 
artists' staff of local radio, station 
XEQ. 

; Mario'iGil. crooner and ro.c. at the 
Sans Soucl. on leave of .. absence to 
plav dates m N. Y. 
■ Maria Luisa Henriquez, operatic 
soprano, performing at local radio 
station XEOY. ( Radio 'Mil ). ; . . 
I ..Paco Miller, veteran Mexican vCn- 
|- triloquist. back from a road tour 
and readying season at a local thea- 
tre, --• '■ . "■ '"i : : .;.'.- :• ■:.:';:' 

Arthur Hi Rosson, C.' K. Dcland 
and G. E, Richardson, Par camera- 
men, here to take shots of rural 
Mexico for future pix, 
. Allan Campbell, young San Fraii- 
ci/co singer, gave a recital in the 
Hotel Reforms for socialites in bene- 
fit of the Mexican Red Cross. 

Pituka de Foronda and Angel 
C ■ ."vi inked for leads in pie bine 



Australia 

By Erie Gerrick '. 

Critics gave "The Squall," at 
Royal, Sydney, a terrific panning. 

Ron Shafto resigned as ■ g.m. Of . 
Fullers, Garnett Carroll replacing. 

Victorian Government intends go- 
ing in for postwar visual education 
in major way. ■:.'' '■' . ' 

Marjorie Lawrence scoring ter- 
rific success in Sydney and Mel- 
bourne for Williamson-Tait. 

Move on again for erection of a 
People's Theatre. Government is be- 
ing asked to give okay and also 
financial aid. 

. Harry Watt is casting pic titled 
"The Overlanders," set for produc- 
tion by Ealing with Aussie govern- 
mental assistance. 

. U. S. troops in SWP are hopeful 
that Bing Crosby will visit the area. 
Troops had a grand time with Jack 
Benny and Bob Hope; 

A, Ben Fuller, son of Sir Ben 
Fuller, returned to New Zealand to 
look after firm's affairs there after 
short Aussie vacation. 

"Distinguished Gathering" looks 
like a click at Minerva, Sydney. Cast 
includes Ha! Thompson, Kathleen 
Robinson, Dick Parry and Leo 
Bullen. 

Pic industry easily obtained quota 
of $80,000 towards erection of Anzac 
House in Sydney! a. club for service- 
men. Film . previews brought in 
most. of theydcuigh. '.•_•«;••.. 

Warners' "Casablanca" in fourth 
month in Sydney at the 'Taller. An- 
other war pic in big. dough is "The 
Sullivans" (20th-Fox) now in 12th 
week and set to slay, indef. 

Fire . authorities have requested 
Chief Secretary W. Baddeiiey to 
counlermand pei niission to Hoyts for 
smoking in Plaza. Sydney. Say risk 
is too great; Smoking is taboo in all 
other houses. 

•Flying-oflicei- Fred C'lubbe,. for-- 
rircrly .littached to Paramount's local 
office, was killed during- flight over 
Germany, F O. Casey, son of Dan 
■Cascv'-< Univci'-als sides . manager, 
missing after invasion- battle,'' 



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. Considine Speaks Up 

Albany. Oct. 31. 

Bob Considine, ace by-liner for 
International News Service, took a 
left-handed crack at the necessity of 
using film stars in stunts to per- 
suade home frohters to purchase 
War Bonds and also clipped at com- 
mentators recently picturing Ger- 
man soldiers as "yellow." Consi- 
dine, who covered events leading to 
the invasion of Norma tidy as a cor- 
respondent with the Eighth Air 
Force, was in Albany to fill speaking 
engagements at the annual dinner of 
the Association of Manufacturers 
Representatives of New York and 
at a Science Forum, in Siena Col- 
lege .-"••;,:' .'.- .'■ 

Addressing a lai'ge audience at 
Siena, Considine ded-ncd that one 
thing returning G. I. s. "will want to 
know is why they, risking their 
necks, bought bonds from foxholes, 
and a lot of us at home had to have 
the promise of kissing Lana Turner 
to buy oiie." They .ilso will want 
the answer to the question of "why 
people making huge salaries went on 
strike when the armed services 
needed materials:" Considine, in 
predicting that young Nazi soldiers, 
especially those around 19 and 20, 
will put up fanatical, resistance and 
prolong the war, . said .' American 
doughboys had a .wholesome: re- 
spect for the topflight German 
fighters. "Those who have been 
saying German soldiers r.r.e ycUow," 
he said, "probably are commentators 
Who have never heard a gun fired 
in the campaign." 

SRL's 'Encore* 

Encore, pocket-size monthly, 
has been purchased by the Saturday 
Review of Literature,- the first num- 
ber under the hew management to 
be in December. Dent Smith, found- 
er, editor and publisher of Encore, 
is affiliated with the new ownership 
as stockholder and as a member: of 
the board of directors, and will . serve 
as a contributing editor. 



CHATTEB 

Kay . Campbell joined Wesuir. . 
Family magazine as fashion *nd 
beauty editor. 

W. Paul Cook, ed of Dnttwiml. 
N. Montpelier, Vermont, now get- 
ting out another mag called "Told in 
Vermont" < 

Norman Siege), Cleveland Press 
radio editor, back to his hometown 
after a fortnight's survey of the N.Y. 
radio scene. 

George S. Kaufman's crack about 
a columnist who kills one's jokes is, : 
"The OPA is after So-And-So for ill 
the points he drops from the stories 
he tries t» print.' 1 , ,":, 

Helen Cotton's article on "Va- 
riety," titled "Show Biz' Bible,"' has 
been bought by Pageant mag. ; Piece 
will be illustrated. She's "Variety" 
muggess in Newark. 

Paul' Hesse, glamor stilt photog, 
has been assigned to write an illus- 
trated article, for Ladies Home 
Journal under the title, "Paul Hesse 
Can Make Any Worn a n Beautiful." 

Rouben Mamouliah, "Sadie Thomp- 
son" stager, working on book re 
stage and screen called "Arts of 
Gods and Monkeys," which Knopf 
will publish. Director is "naif- way 
through tome. - .' . '. 

i.'- W. H. Mooring succeeded himself 
as president of the Hollywood F*r- 
eign Correspondents Association. 
Dante Orgolini was elected v.p'. and 
Howard Hill sec.-treas, HFC A will, 
hold its annual motion picture 
awards dinner in February , " 

Edith i Scoop) Jackson, who 
served apprenticeship on the Citizen- 
Observer, Harrison. N. Y., has shift- 
ed to the big time via reporter's 
berth on N. Y. World-Telegram. Gal 
is daughter of Billy Jackson, talent 
agent and "Gay Nineties Revue" 
impresario. - 



Tin Pan Alley 

Continued lichi iw«e I ; 



Negro Series Into Archives 

Recordings of "New World A-Com- 
in",". Negro Series on WMCA. N. Y.; - 
are now. being .included in the ar- 
chives of the N. Y. Public Library.' 
'•' > i b< n:; : c i o< rt of trie 
Sehomburg collcetion ut Negro 'liter- 
i.e and folklore. v 

Program is ba-ed on . the same- 
named book by Roi Ottfej . -'Ne'gro 
a uthor now overseas as a wa r corrc - 
spondent for the Marshall Field 
newspapers. In his absence, his wife : 
is doing the scripts • Program is a 
Irank discussion of Negro problems 
in America and also stresses Negro 
contributions to the U, S. 

Field-SAS Merger 

Mar' hall Field 3d, Robert F. de- 
Graf), of , Ppcketbooks: Richard L, 
Simon, M. Lincoln Schuster and 
Leon Shimkin, of Simon & Schuster, 
have joined forces to expand ihcir 
pd'-twar book publishing p) tins. Cap- 
ital for development of the program 
and related future projects, both in 
the U. S. and overseas, will be pro- 
vided by an arrangement just con- 
cluded with Field without any public 
stock issue,: • 

Ppcketbooks. inc., and Simon & 
Schuster, Inc., will become part of 
Field Enterprises, Inc. Editorial Lnd 
publishing policy- of S&S. as tit-re- 
loforr.'will be in.lh' •hahd< of Simbn 



Scsac, which lias some 920 radio sta- 
: tion licensees, will not indicate its 
I biz for the year. However, it is 
known that Sesac, which licenses tin 
a flat-fee 'basis in all cases, will 
wind up with one of its best years, st 
a figure said to be considerably less 
than BMI. ,"; ; 

Same No. Stations for Karh 

Both BMI and ASCAP have n bout 
Ihe same number of stations. BMI 
having 972 outlets, including 90 Ca- 
nadian stations. ASCAP list runs to 
910 U.S. stations. Methods- of Opera- 
tion differ lor both houses, however, 
and the fact that music rights will 
cost radio more than ever before this, 
year .has served to stir up the 
ASCAP vs., BMI talk again." 

ASCAP's proponents point out that 
one of the reason's' the broadcasters 
created BMI was to reduce .'.he cost 
ot music, with the S7.000.000 gross 
pointing to the failure of that cam- 
paign. BMI spokesmen argiie that 
since radio itself will do record biz 
for .'44, cost of music slionld rise in 
proportion. 

It is also argued that BMI, in ef- 
fect, places a ceiling on its take, by 
virtue of a licensing system tanta- 
mount to rebates. BMI agreements 
with stations call for top monthly 
fees, but throughout the year BMI 
lowers this percentage fee,. Since 
many of the stations affected are ilsd 
BMI stockholders— there are 650 
stations owning BMI— the practice; is 
claimed as constituting: a rebate, 
method. '•','.■:."• 

ASCAP's -radio revenue for pre- 
vious years ran to $2,900,000 in-1942 
and $3,000,000 in 1943. In 1941 the 
Society's songs were ofT the air, due 
to the battle with the broadcasters. 
Fact that of ASCAP's station total, 
some 400-odd are now on a" per- 
program basis rather than paying 
blanket fees, is said to be one of the 
principal reasons the ASCAP radio 
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Concert Dates for Pop Radio, Disc 
Names Newest Show Biz Bonanza 



r A new kind of show business, pop- 
ular music concerts by top radio and 
record names, is now emerging as 
the entertainment industry's newest 
war baby. A variation on the one-- 
nighter theme, it is returning stag- 
gering boxoffice returns, reviving 
business for concert- hails and audi- 
toriums wherever the attractions 
play, and paying off star performers 
at boff figures. •-'■".'> ; 

As yet, it's still somewhat of a 
virgin field, but dates already played, 
plus those lined up and others being 
worked on, indicate that the new 
field will expand on a large scale 
within the next 'year, delivering 
plenty of pay dirt. On* result al- 
ready noted, is that virtually every 
band booking office in the business 
is now looking for concert-wise; 
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Radio Habit Hits Legit 

Increasing tendency of audi- 
ence to applaud lines and bits 
of biz in legit shows, disturbing 
actors and breaking .continuity 
of show, is being noticed on 
Broadway. Tendency believed to 
be a r,adio habit brought in by 
studio wise audiences, who,, 
however, are not legit-wise. '..*':• 
Trend been noticed most at re- 
cent performances of the new 
comedy hit. "Harvey," at the 
,48th St.. N. Y. 



Death Cancels Meeting 
Of Dancer, Soldier Mate 
On USO Foxhole Circuit 

Chicago, Nov. 7. 

Tragic story was revealed here la'.t 
week of how a soldier's wife, his 
partner in a dance team broken up 
by the war, joined a USO show as a 
single in the hope that she niight run 
into him oil the foxhole circuit, only 
to learn he was killed on the eve of 
his departure to rejoin her in Ger- 
many. ; 

Soldier was Pvt. Edward Skolnik. 
80, "Shayne"- of Chicago team of 
Shayne & Armstrong, killed in action 
in Geumany. His wile, who is also in 
Germany entertaining serviceme'n,, is 
known professionally as Charlotte 
Armstrong. Miss Armstrong, who 
had ; been corresponding with her 
husband and finally arranged date 
and place for a meeting, to be turned 
back disappointedly when he didn't 
show up, learned of his death from 
his sister here, who relayed the War 
Department's message to Miss Arm- 
strong last week, , ' ' - 

Miss Armstrong has been enter- 
taining servicemen, in England, 
France and now in Germany since 
last January. 



B way Finally Hit 
By Election Blues 

Presidential election finally caught 
up with Broadway last week, reac- 
tion to the intense campaigning by 
President Roosevelt and Governor 
Dewey being reflected by dropping 
of both- legit' and film grosses, par- 
ticularly legit. 

Heretofore, when there were elec- 
tions for the chief executive, show 
business was offish for a month or 
more prior to election day. This 
season, however, instead of business 
slipping, it held up.' with increases 
registered by a majority of shows, 
and the fact that, attendance was 
affected only on the final week of 
the campaign was a new break for 
Broadway. ■ 

Newer legit hits were not dented, 
the long stayers figuring in the de- 
cline. Standout musicals dropped 
more than $4,000, while straight- 
play favorites went off on an average 
of $2,500 each. Advance sales, how- 
ever, indicated prompt recovery this 
(Continued on page 35) ; . 





ST. 

EISENHOWER IDEA 

. GI Joe can't come home until Hit- 
ler and Hirohito throw In their chips 
and call it quits but. through an all- 
out cooperative effort Of the Armed 
Services and the broadcasting ihdusr 
try, the "home towns" of thousands 
of GIs are going to be shipped over- 
seas on a global basis in the form of 
electrical transcriptions. • 

"Our Town" program, instituted at 
the' specific reqxrest;'0"f Gen. Dwight 
P. Eisenhower, will consist of 180 
recorded radio shows built to"main 
street-corner store, etc." formats as 
an intimate report from the nation 
to its. absent sons. . 

Stanzas, to be known as "Let's Go 
to Town." will receive global distri- 
bution through the use of every 
Army shortwave beacon and the 
American Forces Network in the 
.(Continued on page 62; 



Sinatra to Sparkplug War Bond 
Drive to Bobbysoxers; Glamor Pitch 



The H'wood Idea 1 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. ', 
In keeping with Hollywood 
tradition, Metro has constructed 
a super-dooper hotel set to out-, 
waldorf the Waldorf-Astoria. 
Studio layout for "Weekend at 
the '; Waldorf" covers 120,000 
square feet while the New York 
hostelry covers only 81,337. 



Look to Roosevelt 
Move Vs. Petrillo 



BRACKEN'S RISK' IN 
SUPPORTING DEWEY 

, '-. Hollywood, Nov., 7, 

.Remarks attributed to Eddie 
Bracken that' he risked his future 
if pictures by.., openly supporting 
Governor Dewey has brewed a tem- 
pest in Hollywood, : Even staunch 
<?nampions of the Republican candi- 
date expressed indignation at his 
Questionable taste in mouthing such 
utterances as he allegedly made at 
the Dewey rally in New York's 
Madison Square Garden. . 
Taking Bracken to task for his 
(Continued on page 31) ' ■•. 



Hearstian Abuses 
Rile Walt Winchell 
And Lolly Parsons 

Two of King Features' outstanding 
columnists nursed grievances against 
the way. the syndicate was supposed- 
ly pushing them around, but Walter 
Winchell is all right once again. 
Louelia O. Parsons recently hopped 
from Hollywood .to New York to 
(Continued on page 63 J 



Campaign Kicks 
In $1,225,000 To 
Four Big Webs 

Four networks closed this year's 
Presidential campaign with gross 
time sales of 81,225.000. said by 
trade observers to be the webs' big- 
gest political take to date. Of the 
four majors. Mutual did the top biz, 
with $400 000 in gross sales chalked 
up to midnight Monday (6). MBS, 
in the election picture/ was in the 
driver's seat, having more available 
time than other nets. 

Second top grosser was NBC, With 
an estimated 8380,000 rolling in. Blue 
did $264,000 arid CBS $181,000, latter 
figure being.net, not gross. • ',';.. 

What radio's nationwide take 
from politics w:as, no one can .say. 
It is authoritatively reported that 
state Republican committees exceed- 
ed by far the. $750,000 which the 
GOP national committee estimated it 
(Continued or. page 62.) .. 



. ',.;'■,. Washington, Nov. 7. 
Labor-minded observers of tlie 
music industry feel that Economic 
Stabilizer Fred Vinson's request to 
RCA-Victor and Columbia Records— 
to refrain from negotiating a deal 
with .the American Federation of 
Musicians .'until after election- 
might possibly presage a move by 
President Roosevelt against James. C. 
Petrillo, prez of AFM, in the imnie- 
diate future. They see no other rea- 
son for the communique to the disc 
outfits. 

It is well known that the com- 
panies are now. willing to settle on 
Pctrillo's royalty terms — and that 
.they did not go through with the 
thought of placing_their side, of the 
controversy before "the public in 
newspaper .ads because it might have 
hurt the Administration's election 
chances. : ' y . V 

At any. rate, if FDR doesn't move 
against Petrillo immediately after 
election, there are legislators here 
Who feel, that the next session of 
i Congress might produce some meas- 
ure against a possible duplication of. 
the Petrillo fracas. '.'.'', ,■'•' 



•f , ;.:I?or* r the first time since Pear: 
Harbor, the motion picture industry, 
is mulling plans to glamorize Wat . 
Bond buyers. According to a cam- 
paign under consideration by film 
industry Sixth War Loan campaign 
committee heads in New York, one 
of the earliest appeals in the current 
drive is to be aimed at bobbysoxers 
throughout the countl*y"'via~a-'tieup 
with Frank Sinatra. . ' 

Plan drawn by Tom Waller. Para- 
mount publicist on loan to the WAC, 
to stimulate national syndicate and 
wire service coverage for the film 
industry's^participation in the War 
Bond camp'aign. is being shaped so 
that it can also be used by exhibs in 
other cities throughout the U. S. to 
spur local Bond sales:.: v ..• '■' 

Under the proposal., teen-agers 
will be given ticket numbers with 
(Continued on page 31) 



John Mason Brown's Yen 
To 'Lippmannize the Arts' 

Lieut. John Mason Bt'own, ex-N.Y. 
World-Telegram drama critic, has 
joined: staff of Saturday- Review of 
Literature, as associate: editor. Re- 
cently placed oh inactive duty list by 
Navy, Brown will do weekly column 
for SRL, starting with Christmas is- 
sue. Dec, 2. , '. v.' 

Column will be of general nature. 
(Continued on page 03) : ■■ 



•VARIETY' WITHDRAWS 
FROM PHILCO PROGRAM 

"Variety'' is. withdrawing from the 
Radio Hall- of - Fame next month, 
'when Plu Ico moves its program to 
the- Coast,: This paper. - bov ed out 
when, for reasons of budget the 
"sponsor named" a readjusted fee. ..- ■ 
. After the show from New York 
Dec, 3, Paul Whiteman, producer 
Tom McKnight. seripter' Mort Lewis, 
(Bt-'aV, shift west, where Whiteman 
Will, recruit. ,a Hollywood team of 
musicians for the winter hiatus.^ 

It's a thoroughly amicable parting 
Jietwcen Philcn and "Variety." 



Harry James Reported 
Ready to Buy Baseball 
Club and Quit Band Biz 

Harry James is said by those close 
to him to have a hankering to be the 
owner of a professional baseball 
club, and if he can get enough motiey . 
together he would sink it into a Coast 
team. In that event he would quit 
the band business. He's a baseball 
diehard and is known to have turned 
down: dales with his band to play 
l lie game. 

For a guy with such ideas, James 
apparently is not interested enough 
in the band business to want to cache 
the cash necessary to 'realize his 
ambition.: He consistently refuses to 
play theatre dates, wherein lies the' 
most money for top-name leaders, 
and as a result he" is probably the 
least independent, financially, of all 
the top-bracket maestros. .:■'';. 



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Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



Horses Running Again in H wood, 
So Are Film Workers, From Studios 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Sudden surge of absenteeism in 
the film studios,' accompanied by 
imaginary maladies among the ab- 
sentees and fatalities among their 
grandmothers, coincided strangely 
with the return of horseracing to 
Hollywood Park. There is no relief 
in sight Kir about six weeks > 

Opening clay . attracted approxi- 
mately ."$5,000/ humane sportsmen, 
who sacrificed tons of. gas to im- 
prove the . breed of horses Via . the 
$2 window. . .■/'■.'•' '•''"'.•'.'■'.".-'. 

Hollywood Park was all dolled up j. 
in its original makeup after a three- 
year loanout to Uncle Sam as a.j 
storage ' plant for ammunition : and 
other wartime accessories. Among 
the familiar decorations was the] 
wooden-shod Goose Girl, selected I 
from a bevy of 12 glamorettes. Box- | 



Ford's Postwar Deal 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

John Ford, currently a commander 
in the Navy, inked a postwar direc- 
tor deal with 20th-Fox. 

Contract, requires Ford tp launch 
a picture before the cameras within 
six months of his return to civvies. 



Buff Congregation Hears 
'Dr. I Q.' McClain Explain 
His Call to Ministry 

: \ \ Buffalo. Nov. 7. '■<■ 
. An' unannounced visit by James 
'Dr. I. Q.7 McClain to the pulpit of 
n "the" clubho"us?a"nd "grandstand I Buffalo's .swank Si. Paul's Cathedral 




were decorated by producers, di- 
rectors, writers, actors' and song- 
wi .ters, mostly A.W.O.L. from the 
studios. • ■:.'' • ..' '',,-"'■'.' ~V:',v 
Barns were crowded with hay- 
burners, most of which arrived re- 
cently from the Bay Meadows track 
near San Francisco. A few came | 
from eastern circuits and a few were 
owned by Hollywood execs who are ' 
wealthy enough ■'■ to . - improve . the 
breed of steeds via the feed bag. : ; 
Literature is experiencing a popu 



Sunday (5) morning saw him switch 
from, the role of quiz-master to that 
of : a. preacher. The "Doctor," who 
iS.'a student for the Episcopal min- 
istry ; at Seabury Seminary, Evan- 
ston. Ill , Jed the solemn ritual pro- 
cession of the service wearing the 
traditional surplice and cassock of 
the church. ■'/-.. • . 

The Very Rev. Edward R, Welles, 
Dean of the Cathedral, introduced 
McClain, invited him to share the 
pulpit, and substituted a quiz service 
for the usual sermon. Asked why he 



la'r upsurge in the Hollywood-and- j ente red the ministry, the Doctor said 
Vine neighborhood, with clusters of that it "seemed the only intelligent 
scholars gandering over each other's | tning for him to do" because he felt 
Shoulders every morning to study 
the limited supply of form sheets. 
Meanwhile, cafe operators in that 
vicinity are complaining abo,ut the 
daily drain on their afternoon trade. 



WITNESSES IN DORSEY 
CASE AVOID TRIAL 

Los Angeles, Nov. 7, 
Two. important witnesses in the 
Tommy. Dorsey assault case, slated 
for trial Nov. 14, are listed as miss- 
ing by Fred N. Howser, district at- 
torney for Los Angeles County, 
leaving only one key man, Jon Hall, 
on the prosecution's side, 

Eddie Norris, veteran of the ' Bat- 
tle on the Balcony," is now in New 
York and has sent word through an 
attorney that he would not return 
for the trial. Jane Churchill, Nor- 
ris' companion at the party, has left 
for parts unknown to the D.A.. ... 



he had "been called by the Lord." In 
response to further questions, Mc- 
Clain .suggested newspapers, radio, 
pictures and television as appropri- 
ate media for church promotion, but 
stated that "smug attitudes" by some 
churches were preventing their most 
advantageous use. 

/ When, at one point, McClain be- 
came confused and used the word 
"audience" instead of "congregation," 
Dean Welles cracked, "Perhaps you 
should start using 'congregation' for 
'audience' on your radio programs." 



125th WEEK ! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1944" 
El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cal. 

P.l.ii koiiis' is a brilliant explo- 
sion of comedy 'entertainment. - Ken 
Murray is tops." • ' 

'.-, Velo* & Yolanda. 



Joe E. Brown's Daughter 
Badly Hurt in Auto Crash 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Joe E. Brown's 14-year-old daugh- 
ter, Mary, is in critical condition 
following crash with car driven by 
Freddie Bartholomew, Saturday 
night (4). Other daughter, .Calhryn, 
11, also injured but not seriously. 
Bartholomew's grandfather, 85. also 
' critically injured. 

Crash occurred in Los Angeles 
during rain. Bartholomew, recently 
discharged from the Army, is now 
working in pbt. " . .. . ... 



Nitery Owners Define 
War - Rich Spenders 

The smart nitery. owners now feel 
they know which of the profligate 
spenders are legit, and which are the 
"black market" war-rich. A com- 
mon observation is: 
; "This type of character is . getting 
himself slewed just to forget what's 
gonna happen when: Uncle Sam 
catches up. We know that many a 
war-enriched blacketeer is lying 
awake nights worrying how to pay 
off on income tax. They have it all 
right, but the moment they declare 
how. they got so much profit they'll 
expose their -rackets in nylons, 
under-the-counter booze sales, tex- 
tiles or whatever the racket." 



Frank Fay Surprises 
Broadway (and Himself ) 
As Sock© Hit in die Legit 

By JACK PULASKI 

. The most stimulating event of the 
young legit season, particularly . : in 
the estimation of actors, was the hit 
scored by Frank Fay in "Harvey," 
Which opened at the 48th Street last 
Wednesday (1). That a vaudevillian, 
radio and nightclub entertainer 
should perform so surely in a 
straight play seemed surprising to 
the critics, who went to town in ap- 
plauding the former monologist. 
After getting the reaction in profes- 
sional circles, Fay also was surprised 
that there "were so many well-wish- 
ers. ■ :.'„■'•' 
Brock Pemberton, who produced 
"Harvey," had a long, tentative list 
of actors to mull over for the name 
part, and when he went to the Coast 
some months ago in connection with 
his "Janie," he mentioned the new 
play to Harold Boyd, comptroller of 
San Francisco. Latter hoped there 
was a part "for my friend Frank 
Fay," but at the time the manager 
was not impressed. When Fay came 
east lo play a date at the Copaca- 
bana nitery, Pemberton and Antoin- 
ette Perry v who staged -"Harvey," in- 
vited the comedian to their offices. 

After, reading the script Fay said 
it looked very good to him and even 
before the comedy went into re- 
hearsal he signed a run-of-the-play 
contract. During rehearsals there 
might have been some doubt about 
Fay's performance but as soon as the 
chips were down— a performance be- 
fore a paying audience— Pemberton 
and Miss Perry were sure they had 
picked the right .star. They, too, 
made a keen choice in engaging 
I (Continued on page 62) : 



SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK 



By Frank Scatty 



l : Rogues' Gallery, Cal „ Nov 4 

Most of my devoted public, and vice versa, la E, V. Darling. r ve never 
met him, yet we've been friends for yews. But I have a bone to nick u,iu,' . 
him. I'll get to that in a minute. ' n , 

First I want to clear up this matter of personal friendships. Just whv 
do you have to "meet" somebody to "know" "him? With telephone, tele 
graph and radio, not to retreat lo the lowly mail, why is a handshake the 
only test of camaraderie? . mien Crosby says he'd rather make pictures 
for the troops than do personals because he gets nearer to them that way 
why force him into the other routine? Is Roosevelt less well known be- 
cause he abolished the daily handshaking routine? Can't he come closer 
with his voice over the radio than most politicians can reach? 

Not long ago a lovely gal laughed up net eliegant sleeve when iin emi- 
nent author told her at dinner he knew me "intimately," and backed that 
up by saying we had corresponded for years; Then sac learned we had 
never met, "He's such a dope," she said: But why? What would a per-i 
sonal appearance do to cement a friendship that had got <m nicely tor 10 
years without one? 

Like others, I corresponded for years with Jim Farley, We were Jim 
and Frank long before we met. We wrote, telephoned across the country 
and arched the gap of mileage very easily:. Personal mcetina added noth- 
ing. 1 had admired the guy as postmaster-general "and working head of the 
Democratic party. : ; ■/ v ■'. : - •■'•"' 

Old G. B. Shaw carried on with Ellen Terry for years and years without 
personal contact. It must .have been hard' for. him not to meet her in such 
a snug town .as London, but they both preferred to pitch their woo via 
mail, both presumably pever having heard the line, "Never write a 'rotter, 
never destroy one."." ;'■•■-''.' .-•/'...■ • /'-,-. .y. : " 

. Fan Mai! .'.}■:''""■'- /'■ ''C'- 

All this gels me 'round to E. V. Darling. Every sO often he gives me a ' 
plug in his syndicated column. But he, must describe me inadequately, 
and so I'm afraid after all these years. I'll have to make it- pilgrimage to 
Chateau Durling. meet .him as man to tnati and set him straight on a few 
basic facts. As 'tis, every time he throws me a complimentary curve it 
brings me fan mail like this from Texhoma, Oklahoma: "Please send me. 
a picture of yourself. I am collecting pictures of movie stars so of course 
I want yours." •';'./'.- ) .;' '.-•.' '•'""' -' 1 " J-'i '■ 1 /•'■:.-.,- y : ■■■■ .-' 

Now, I'm not above fan letters, but those that Durling inspires run in a 
vein that amounts to a rut. The writers think I'm a picture star. I've 
tried sending them "'stills'' of whatever stars were lying around Bedside 
Manor, and girls in Oklahoma and Texas must be getting pretty tiroc) of 
writing to a Mr. Scully and getting studio portraits of Jean He'rsbolt, Kath- 
arine Hepburn and Bob Hope: But I'm not going to plank down a lot of . 
dollars for pictures of myself just to keep Darling's public from being 
disillusioned. In my case it would only result in setting my public com- 
pletely on/fire anyway. My pictures loot like Washington, if Washington 
had been good looking. • 

So from here out I'm asking the otherwise delightful Durling to key me 
as "an author" and not to say even "a handsome author" because people 
are eurious,; when they're not downright skeptical, and confirmation runs 
into money which, without a studio swindle sheet to fall back on. I hayent 
got enough of i period). 



This Week's Football 



GAMES 



By Ted Husing 

(SATURDAY, NOV 11) 
. WINNERS 



Americana Folk-Singers 
Getting More Attention j 

Casting of Burl Ives for the The- J 
»tre Guild's "Sing Out Sweet Land," 
now rehearsing, is held as marking 
the coming of age of folk singers of 
the Ives-. T osh White genie. Minstrels 
are now regarded as good boxoffice 
draws, as witnessed by the success 
of Ives. White and Richard Dyer- 
Bennett irrthe various 'niter-i.es'. .( Cafe 
Society, Village Vanguard, Blue 
Angel, etc. ). they've played. Dyer- 
Bennett will shortly do a solo con- 
cert at Carnegie Hall, dated for 
Nov. 18. -/"/^V 

Reason given for "growing public 
appreciation is increasing American 
awareness of the nation's' heritage, as 
expressed by folk tunes of earlier 
-days. / .' --:.;/.-. '-•' ..- ; -'..'. -'V'; ; -'- 



RolMt-Up Records 

Los Angeles, Nov. 7. 
New flexible discs, capable of be- 
ing rolled up and carried in . tile 
pocket, have been added to the out- 
put of regular platters made by Gilt 
Edge Records, a subsidiary of Adver- 
disc. 

Leeds Music has 'given Gilt Edge 
permission to record, several of its 
»oiu's in that manner. 



Army-Notre Dame 
; DartmoUth-US Coast: Guard. 
Holy Cross-Colgate . . ... .-/,,,. 

Penn-Columbia . . . ......... .'-. 

Navy-Cornell .... .... . . : . : , 

Penn State-Temple .'. . . . . 

Yale-Brown . . . . . . .-'. 

Alabama-Mississippi ..... 

Miss. State-Auburn .'. . . . . . i . 

Clemson-VMI , 

Duke-Wake Forest .•':-. 

Georgia-Florida .......... 

NC Prefl.-Ga Prefl . . . „V 

Tulane-Ga. Tech 
Michigan-Illinois ... .... , , . , ! ./ 

Indiana-Minnesota 
Pitt-Ohio State . ........ 

:Iow'a State-Nebraska ....... 

Purdue-Northwestern . . . . . 

Wisconsin-Iowa ., ;..:,'. '. , ; ; 
Arkansas-Rice ,";., . . 
Oklahoma-Missouri v. ..... 

Texas AM-SMU . , . ..... .':'.;. 

Oklahoma AM-Texas . . . . . 

TCU -Texas Tech .". . '...; , '.-'.''. 
UCLA-California/. . ....... . . 



. ..Army / . : . 

...Dartmouth" . 
, . Holy Cross 
..Penn 

..Navy ... 

..Penn State .... 
..Yale 

. Alanama .. 

.Miss. State ... 
. . Clemson ...... 

..Duke 

. .Georgia ... 
, .NC Pre Flight . 
, .Tulane ........ 

..Michigan ...... 

..Indiana ..... 

.. Ohio State .... 

.- . Iowa State :.', . . 
. . Purdue . ...... 

. . Wisconsin . , . . 
..Arkansas 
..Oklahoma , 
, . Texas AM ..... 

. .Oklahoma AM 

..tcu ... 



UCLA 

National Pro League 

(SUNDAY, NOV. 12) 

Washington-Bklyn . . : -. .j '. ... . . ., . Washington ". V. 

Cleveland-Green Bay , : . ...... f . . . Cleveland . . . . 

Chicago-Boston ..... .'-.', . . .Chicago . . . . ; 

Dctroit-CarPitts Detroit . 

Phila.-New York ...,;......-..',:,.. Phila. 

/ SEASON'S RECORD : 
Won, 111; Lost, 34; Ties, 12; Pet. .' 
■', —.*-. (Ties not counted) 



ODDS 

.....11-5 
. .... 7-5 
.... 7-5 

3-1. 

. , . . B-l 
.... 2-1 
.... 9-5 
. . ... 7-5 
... 6-5 
6-5 
.... «-5 
.. .. 7-5 

7-5 

5-6 

....13-10 
...;V 6-5 
..'.:., 5-1 
..... 8-5 
..... 7-5 
6-5 

.... «r5 

.... 6-5 
5-7 
.... 6-5 

:..., «-5 

.'.v.. 7-5 



3-1 

1- 2 

2- 1 
2-1 

7-.10 



'59. 



STRESSES LARTIGOE'S 
N0N-X0LLA80RA1T0N' 

Col. Jock Lawrence, himself from 
Hollywood; is back in New York on 
two Weeks' furlough, bringing with 
him the -news of Paris agent Henry 
Lartigue's great service to the Allies. 
It comes as good news to many who 
were long misled about Lartigue's 
"collaborationism," a deliberate role 
in order to help Genej:al Eisen- 
hower's safe entry in the French 
capital. 

Laudy Lawrence, former Metro 
head in .France, also attests to 
Lartigue's heroism on behalf of the 

Allies.-' •',.;-." '-. 

In America, Lartigues longtmie 
partner, Clifford C. Fischer, who. is 
still his pai'tner in Les' Ambassa- 
deurs and Ciro's, Paris high spots, 
steadfastly had contended that 
"knowing Henry Lartigue as 1 do I 
know he couldn't- go with the Nazis, 
even though maybe he's forced to 
cater to them, because, after- all. our 
spots'are the Stork and 21 of Paris." 



MajiKwfeuTs New Style 
Of Wmy Musical ToW; 
An Integrated Theatre 

Calling the average Broadway mu- . 
-sical comedy "stilted" and the "low- 
est form of entertainment," Rouben 
Mamoulian maintains that the new 
trend in musicals, as exemplified by 
•"Oklahoma!," "Bloomer Girl" and 
the forthcoming "Sadie Thompson," 
will eventually push the old-style 
musicals off the boards. 

.Admitting that the musical comedy 
is the most popular form of -theatre 
entertainment, Mamoulian, who 
staged "Porgy and Bess," "Okla- 
homa!", and "Sadie," says the aver- 
age musical is pretty low in artistic 
values due to being a conglomera- 
tion of units unrelated to each other. 
'■';.-■: . 'Continued on page 31) "'•.' 



U. S. Flying Ace Sought 
For Postwar Pic Career 

Major Allen V. Martini, flying ace 
of the Eighth Air Force/ who im- 
pressed on several speaking engage- 
ments for the picture industry, dur- 
ing the Fifth War Loan, drive, is 
.being considered for a postwar film 
buildup as an actor. '-.'• 

Several producers have contacted 
Martini - and sounded him out on an 
acting career. ./". ' 'V • 

The ace is currently at the. Sioux 
City,. Iowa, air base . but may be 
going over again shortly. 



No 'Ham' in Carroll 

. Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Otto Kruger draws the role of Earl 
Carroll in Republic's forthcoming 
musical, "Earl Carroll's Vanities.". 

While admitting that he might be 
the proper type, Carroll turned 
down the part on the ground that 
he is not a film actor. 



Hollo way Goes Dramatic 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Sterling Holloway, a comic when 
he joined the Army two years ago, 
returns to pictures as a dramatic 
thesp. 

Medically discharged from service, 
Holloway plays his first serious role 
in Samuel Bronstorfs "Walk in the 

sati."; ; -v.— : - /■ 



JEANETTE MacDONALD 
B0FF0 IN CHI OPERA 

'./:.' ; Chicago, Nov. '7. 

Reversing the usual order .61 
things, Jeanette MacDonald stepped 
from the screen to the operatic stage 
here Saturday . (4.) to draw salvo 
after- salvo of bvavos is a sock debut 
as "Juliet" at the Civic Opera House. 

-Singer threw everything .in her 
musical comedy and film book at 'era 
— including a small but sweet so- 
prano — and paved the way easily, for 
her next and last appearance this 
season with the Chicago Opera Co., 
Nov. 15, as Marguerite in "Faust." 
After that she's going to N'.' Y. to re- 
hearse Mike Todd's production of a 
Victor Herbert operetta which lias 
never before been staged. She passed 
off any and all suggestions that her 
Juliet and Marguerite might be a bid 
for the Met. 

Capt. Michael Bart-lett. former film 
and operatic • performer, recruited 
froraJhe U. S. Marine Corps for the 
role of Romeo, foiled for- the stars 
Juliet. - /. ■'-'-' 



Checkup 

Louella O. Parsons, Hearst film col- 
umnist. Was discharged from Mt. 
Sinai Hospital, N. Y., on Sunday (5) 
after five days' observation. : 

Report is that Lolly was pro- 
nounced fit after her discharge, crm- 
dition being described as ."pretty., 
good." . No. surgery, is indicated. 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



PICTURES 



EUROPEAN PRODS NEED U. S. AID 



Industry's Public Relations Veer To 
D.C.; May Lead to MPPDA Changes 



Along with the growing movement ♦ 
among major motion picture com- I 
panies during the past few years to 
develop and expand their individual 
public 'relations departments, reports 
are current of a possibility of re- 
shaping the functions of the Motion 
Picture Producers and Distributors 
of America (Hays) office. Major 
company execs are also believed 
veering to the view that it may be 
necessary to switch the center of 
operations from New York to Wash- 
ington, with Hollywood as the No. 2 
©Wee. . 

Reported that members of the 
Hays ' .office, anticipating changes 
which may relegate New. York 
MPPDA headquarters to the status 
of a 'bureau, have been talking to 
major company execs about moving 
over from the Hays office. 

Simultaneously, there has been a 
rev ival of. reports that. Eric Johnston, 
president of the U. S. Chamber.' of 
Commerce, .may become head of the 
MPPDA, with headquarters in Wash-' 
ingtun. . 

Report that Johnston would head 
the MPPDA. current last summer, 
has been denied. Will Hays, 66, also 
denied then and again during the 
past two Weeks that he would step 
down as head of. the MPPDA When 
his . pact expires next March. 
MPPDA contract,. from accounts. '-is' 
with the. Will Hays 'law Arm in Sul- 
livan, Ind., . arid hot. with Hays per- 
sonally-. .; 

Rep'orts'Of plans to shift the cen- 
ter of MPPDA operations to the na- 11 
tional capital are predicated on the 
need for morn powerful representa- 
tion in' political circles, with the 
censorship problems believed in sat- 
isfactory hands' in Hollywood via the 
Production Code Authority. • 



And Just to Prove It 

Hollywood. Nov. 7. 
First chore for Charles Barton 
under his new producer-director 
contract at .Universal :is "It's Never 
<^oo Late," starting this week. 

Bonita Granville and Noah Beery, 
Jr., are slated as co-stars. . 1 ■ ' 



Pic Crafts Fret 
Over Prod. Slack 



. • " . HoKy wood. Nov. 7. 
.Definite slackening of production 
on major lots,' coupled with .the 
growth of backings in studio : vaults, 
is causing apprehension among Guild 
and union members, who have been 
holding meetings to- discuss the de- 
crease in jails for work. Drop in 
calls for extras has been the most 
acute, but . other tilth workers -have 
been seriously affected. 
-. Majority of . the unions aye wor- 
ried over- possible retrenchment 
plans, . believing that such a move 
might interfere With the reinstate- 
ment of military members, many of 
whom have already returned' to civil- 
ian life. - .. ..'-•.' "..'. . •.'■■■'' 



Less Pix, Fewer 
WB Producers 



•, . Hollywood. Nov. 7. 
. Reduction in the number of fea- 
tures t<» be produced at Warners this 
year indicates a decrease in the 
number of producers. Jesse L. 
Lasky has left the lot. Jack Chertok 
is -departing after his next picture,, 
and Henry Blanke's contract is soon 
to expire. ' 

Aside from these, the current 
'rosier of feature producers consists 
of Mark Hellinger (who leaves in a 
year), Alex Kdclman. William' Ja- 
cobs. Jerry Wald. Wolfgang Rein- 
hardt and Arthur Schwartz. 



'TARGET FOR TODAY' 
FOR 6TH BOND DRIVE 

Washington, Nov. 7. 

"Target For Today!" indoctrina- 
tion film originally made by Li. Col. 
William Keighley for the Army Air 
Forces, has been selected by the 
Treasury as the only feature length 
film to be included in its 16 mm. 
program for the 6th War Loan. AAF 
is giving Treasury 100 16 mm. 
prints. ' '■'.-,•' . - 

Film, which was oh the Army 
secret list at first, has also been 
selected by U. S. Archives as the 
first AAF picture to be in its his- 
torical library of films. 



REVIVAL CUED 

lllllli 

Opening moves in the plans for 
the revival of native British and 
European film production will, para- 
doxically, depend to a considerable 
extent on the amount of equipment 
which American manufacturers will 
be able to make available for ex- 
port. • : '- ..'-,;:."'' ,- 

Even those film production facili- 
ties abroad which liave not been de- 
stroyed are in many instances hope- 
lessly dated. As a result, British, 
French, Russian and other foreign f ilm 
units are locking to importation •.•£- 
U.S. technical equipment at the close 
of the war. '■;■'''.■ ; 

• Meantime, also 'looking: to resump- 
tion of maniifaet Lire of f\ew technical 
equipment, are the American studios 
which would likely have fir. t call on 
many new devices which have not 
been placed, on the market because 
of. curtailment of production and 
priority oh such equipment for the 
American government services.', v 

Newest British studio equipment, 
from reports, is more than eight 
years old. French equipment js re- 
portedly even more antedated. 
Film producers in both countries, as 
.well as in Russia, are looking to 
U. S. for equipment as soon as manu- 
facture is. resumed. V ' -- 

Possibility is foreseen that, if bid- 
ding, becomes strong at the outset, 
some* unofficial system of -priorities 
may be placed in effect, giving Allied 
nations first call., after American 
studios, in order .of their .'im- 
portance. •'-..,;. 



Anti-Trust Damage Claims Against 
Majors Decline $12,000,000; About 29 
Cases Involving $28,000,000 Remain 



Si Seadler, Bondadeer 

Si Seadler. Metro advertising man- 
ager, has been appointed advertising 
consultant for the motion picture in- 
dustry's Sixth War Loan campaign. 

Seadler handled all previous cam- 
paigns, writing all trade paper adver- 
tising copy and setting layouts per- 
sonally, ':.-'• ; ■..,.'■' ■'■•' V'- :'/'-.-' - 



Hellinger Gives 
WB Years Notice 



DON'T SEND IT IN WITH 
1 OF BING'S BANGTAILS 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Paramount and RKO are putting 
on a scripting race for the services 
of Bing Crosby, . First screenplay 
across the finish line will get the 
crooner as star. 

Crosby has a one-picture deal with 
RKO for "The Bells of St. Mary." to 
be produced by Leo McCarev. His 
home lot wants him for "Blue Skies," 
a Mark Sandrich production with 
Irving Berlin songs. 



Hollywood. Nov.' 7. 

Mark Hellinger and Warners will 
separate • in one. year, by friendly 
agreement. Five-year contract be- 
tween producer and studio, signed 
in June. 1942, contains a clause giv- 
ing each side the privilege of abro- 
gation on one year's notice. Hellinger 
is exercising his right to retire from 
the pact and devote his full time to 
his own enterprises 
'; "There is no' friction between Jack 
L. Warner and myself." Hellinger 
explained, ••The studio has been 
roost considerate, even keeping my 
offices intact during, my 18-week 
leave of absence as a war corre- 
spondent." 

Currently Hellinger is preparing 
"The Life of : Will Rogers" for War- 
ners 1 and will soon resume writing 
his regular weekly column' for King 
Features. Meanwhile he is readying 
a book about his experiences on 
various war fronts. 



'♦< ' damage, claims involved In anti- 
trust actions against major compa- 
nies have decreased by more than 
$12,000,000 during the past year. 
There are currently some 29 anti- 
trust suits, involving damace claims 
of approximately $23,000,000 still 
pending, as compared with 36 such 
cases a year ago. with over $35,000,- 
000 in damages (calculating trebl« 
damages) claimed. In all. the majors 
are involved, in around 40 anti-trust 
actions currently, some being for in- 
junctions whereby plaintiffs .art' 
seeking relief without any specified 
monetary damages. 

(Among new anti-trust suits - is 
$225,000 damage action involving 
Loew s Valenca. Jamaica, L. I. ). 

New cas-cs filed. during the past 12 
to 14 months include actions in which 
plaintiffs are Hairy Norman Ball 
(Pa), no spSciiie'd monetary dam- 
ages. Camrcl Co. (N. Y.), no specified 
sum; Camrcl Co. (N J.), $450,000 
damages sought: Makan Amus, Corp. 
(N. J.), $273,000 damages, sought; 
Mystic Theatre. Inc. (Oklahoma), 
$200,000V damages sought; Rpsyl 
Amus. Corp. Y.i. no specified 
(Continued on page 35) . 



Joan Davis for 'Scandals' 

Hollywood. Nov. 7. . 

RKO handed Joan Davis the fem- 
me star spot in its tunefilm. "George 
White's Scandals of 1945." 

Director is Felix, Feist, with Nat 
Holt as associate producer under 
general Supervision of Jack Gross. 



Let's Finish th e Job 



CHI PUTS 'ADULT ONLY' 
TAG ON TWO INDIE PIX 

. *.'•'■'..■'■ Chicago, Nov. 7. 

"Adult Only" tag was pinned on 
two pix here last week by police 
censor bbard. first since they pinked 
Warners' "Arsenic and Old Lace" a 
few months ago. only to have the 
order on that one revoked by Police 
Commissioner AHman on appeal by 
WB. The pix nixed for kids this 
time are PRC's "Bluebeard"' and 
Capitol's "Room for Two,' said by 
the 'board to lean a trifle too much 
towards the risque side, whereas 
its plaint on "Arsenic" a while back, 
thai the poisoning of old gents for 
pleasure as loo much- for juy.e_minds 
to take, was thought by. Allman in- 
sufficient . reason for the board's 
limiting WB's opus to adults". 

Usual slant is that "Room for 
Two" is the only pic Capitol has for 
release here this mouth.' . Henri Kl- 
man, distributor for Capitol and 
PRC. said he would appeal both de- 
cisions to the commissioner, a laAvB 
and "Arsenic." on grounds that sex 
isn't as rampant as. the 'board -thinks. 
. Ordinarily he wouldn't bother', he 
said, but exhibitors aren't as exhila- 
rated as : they used to. be at the 
thought pl^uii-'ning-Aduit^-Only pix. 
explanation being they can't show 
them on weekends, when biz is big- 
gest due to large kid. audiences. 
Even during the week, he said; they 
don't draw so well, apparently be- 
cause the public's mind is more on 
the war than on orgies, 



Someone, probably in Washington, has figured 
out that it costs $5,000 to kill a Jap. That's a ' 
smart, simple, graphic illustration of what the 
war in the Pacific is costing; how much more it 
will cost before it is over. 

Sounds expensive— -$5,000 to kill a Jap— but it 
isn't. It's cheap. It means that a lot of money 
is being poured into the finest military equip- 
ment obtainable for just one purpose— to keep 
loss of American life down to a minimum. 

All this should make it easy to raise the $14.- 
000,000.000 Uncle Sam is asking in the Sixth War 
Loan campaign. But it isn't going to be easy. As 
a matter of fact, Treasury Dept. officials frankly 
^say that this, the Sixth, will probably be the 
most difficult War Loan campaign in history. 

Why? Because many folks have decided that 
the war is about over; that the Government 
doesn't need money too badly; that it's time to 
quit the job of helping win the war. whether in 
war plants or through War Bond purchases. , 

Government officials know that the Sixth War 
Loan drive will be tough to put over because, 
paradoxically, every victory in Europe and in 
the Pacific has been making it more difficult for- 
the Allied powers to finish the job and wind up 
the war. An almost unbroken series of victories 
has bred complacency. 

As a matter of fact, that's the job the motion 
picture industry has been doing for a long time 
—even before Pearl Harbor— warning' the nation 
against complacency. The screen has been and 
continues to be alert to the danger of inertia. 
The motion picture theatre owner, the screen 
star, the film producer, director and writer,, the 
usher, the home office personnel, the exploita- 
tion man in the field, publicity man- in the key 
city, film salesman and booker— everyone from 
the company president to the prop boy— during 
the five preceding War Loan campaigns con- 
tributed immensely. The film industry has done 
more than sell bonds— it has created an aware- 
ness of the issues at stake. That has been made 
possible mainly through show business, because 
this is the only medium through which the 



nation can be so effectively 



needs of the 
dramatized. 

And that's the job which showmen have once 
again been enlisted for— the job which they've 
so successfully handled in the past five War 
Bond campaigns. v 

This time it is $14,000,000,000. It should be 
obvious that Uncle Sam isn't selling $14,000,000,- 
000 worth of the finest, high grade security in 
the world merely for the privilege of paying 
around Z"/„ on the money. It should be obvious, 
but it isn't— folks must be reminded. 

It is the theatre operator's job now to drama- 
tize the fact that the war isn't over yet; that the 
job must be finished. - 

To help finish the war a little sooner it would 
be well to remember a few statistics, too— He-re 
they are: '.'••'-. ..V-v ■ '': .y .; '•' .'.;..' ' v :;. : , 

Government expenditures for military equip- 
ment for conducting the two major wars are 
more than $5,000,000,000 monthly— wow.' ,; 

After the European phase of the war is over 
it will still take more than $36,000,000,000 worth 
of war supplies annually to lick the Japs; prob- 
ably budgeted something like this: 

Aircraft— Over $1,000,000,000 monthly. 
-. Ships— Nearly $550,000,000 monthly. 

Ammunition— About $350, ,000, 000 monthly . . 

Communications*'-^ A bo ut $250,000,000 
monthly. 

Combat and Motor Vehicles— About $200. - 
000.000 monthly. ' 

Guns— Over $100,000,000 monthly. 
W Miscellaneous ■ Supplies— Ovei; $500,000,000 
monthly. ■■' .'■'. . y y- >: ;-'-'.:';.-,'.-'. 

That's the picture after the war in Europe. 
The motion picture industry's part in helping 
finish that job. and the one in the Pacific is to 
stick to the job of selling War Bonds, creating 
ideas which will aid the sale of War Bonds by 
all industries, all media. 

Stay on the job until the job is finished, « 



LOEWS VALENCIA, i; I., 
IN ANTI-TRUST SUIT 

Four major film- companies, their 
subsidiaries. Loew's and affiliated 
companies are defendants in N. Y. 
federal court in a triple damage suit 
charging violation of the Sherman 
anti-trust and Clayton acts by the 
Associated Playhouses. Inc., operaP - 
ors of the Bay Shore- and Regent, 
Bayshore, L. I, Suit, seeks an in- 
junction and ' total damages of 
$225,000 and to declare alleged con- 
tracts and conspiracies entered into 
by defendants illegal. • 

Associated charges that the de- 
fendants prevented them from ob- 
taining feature films, until such fea- 
tures have been exhibited at the 
Loew's Valencia. Jamaica, or reject- 
ed by it. although; no competition 
exists, sometimes waiting 140 days 
after first-run film is exhibited on 
Broadway. 

Defendants named in the suit be- 
sides Loew's are Paramount. Colum- 
bia.. Universal. ^United Artists, 
Loew's Theatre &■ Realty Corp. and 
Marcus Loew Booking Agency. • 




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INDEX 



6th Bond Drive. . , . . , 


; 4-n 


Bills , 


.58 


Chatter ... . . , . .'. 


o:i 


Film. Reviews; ..... 


.23 


House Reviews; . . 


. . . . . 34 


Inside — Legit...,. . ., 


59 


Inside— Pictures. .... ;", 


31 


Inside— Radio .. 


42 


International - 


... 35 


Joe Laurie, Jr. . .' ; . . 


20 


Leg ill mate ..... 


59 


Literati .......... ... 


.. .. G2 


Music ....... , 


. ;..'.•-.' si 


"New Acts 


..... 58 


Night Club Review. . 


: :■ . . . 58 


Obituary 


.;,'. ,-. 02 




........ 51 




;-,:.:.-„ 3 


Radio 


. . 38 


Radio Reviews. . . : . .: 


. .. . . -.' 4« 


Frank Scully, ... , 


, . . 2 


Vaudeville. ...... v-'... 


. .; . . . : 56 


. War Activities. " 


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'SMASHING 6th' 



Wednesday, November 8, 19 1 i 



Pearl Harbor (Free Movie) Day 
Expected to Sell Record Bonds 



Pearl Harbor Day. Doc. 7, unani- 
irioYisl'y ''chosen'- because-, of the ex- 
ploitation possibilities, -will' be Free 
JktovYe Day in the nation's theatres 
dun»g the last week of. the Sixth 
War Loan drive. Originally tried 
on a . nation wide basis during the 
Fifth, this bond-selling plan ■, was 
used by more than 8,000 theatres 
with .great success. . Plans are mov- 
ing forward now to make this day 
the biggest bond-raising 24-hours in 
the nation s history. 

During the .; Fifth, 5.058 .« a r bond 
precms were. held,, nearly twice , as 
many as f fie previous drive, Current 
indications point to nearly 10,000 
bond pveems 'during the forthcom- 
ing.; drive, with, a possibility that a 
new record for- bond >ales through- 
out this •medium will be set: 
■': > Children's Junior Premieres, book- 
ings that turn . a slow morning into 
a houseful of bond sales, from past 
experience foster -civic.- enterprise in 
schools throughout . the V country. 
During the last campaign, 1.131 
junior preems were held, and the 



DISTRIBS 100% FOR 
PROJ. ROOM PREEMS 

By NED DEPINET 

'•< Distributor Cftairniqn. War Activi- 
ties Committee) 

One of the big problems of the 
film industry during the forthcoming 
Sixth War Loan drive "is '"the matter 
of Projection Room Premieres.- It is. 
with considerable: pleasure to report 
that during . this drive these pre- 
mieres, in every key city will far sur- 
pass those obtained in any previous 
bond ( ampaign. '•.,.'. 

The distributors' division, which 
embraces all film company district 
and branch managers, salesmen and 
field representatives, is fully con- 
vinced that the Sixth War Loan drive 
will be their greatest. achievement in 
any industry effort, 

Faced with this drive, in. which we 




All Branches of Film Biz Set For 
6th War Loan; 10,000-12,000 Theatre: 



11 raise more than our share of the 
amount of bonds Sold, during these I nation's $14,000,000,000 goal, I have 



I gone: on record to national chairman 
I Harry ^Brandt in assuring, him of the 
unbounded efforts of every member 



morning shows surprised even the: 
most calloused exhibitor. - .'•-• '■. 

Jay -Emanuel, campaign coordina- 
tor for the Sixth, following a flood j ot the distributors' division, 
of requests from showmen through- All companies are ; cooperating 
out the nation how they may become 100':!,. in this campaign and have 
issuing agents, of. bonds, outlined the agreed to close their offices locally 
procedure in a letter to all exhibs ] during the regional key city meetings 



during, the past, week 

Exhibs are reminded, that it be- 
cause of local conditions they are 
unable to hold Free Movie Day on 
Dec. 7. they may. hold it another day. 
but wherever possible they should 
hold it on Dec, 7. 'because that date 
will be promoted in a national cam* 
paign. ':;;■■ 



to allow full industry attendance. 



JERRY WAYNE 

Cnm'ittly Meiitlllulnjr Knry. New York 
Singing Star of Ed Wynn Show 

For Borden's Friday Nites, 7 P.M. 
on the Blue, WJ/f! 
"The handsome .ferry Wayne' had 
the fiisiiiiners veiling - for more ." 
FRANK QUINN, Daily Mirror. 
.. . IVMoiml MitmiKeinrut 
DELL PETERS 
S*l liflli Ave,. New Ylirlc City . 
INllili.-ilj. AitTIICK 1>LN'K - 



"St. Louis ' Bond Kickoff 

St. Louis, Nov. 7. 
The world preem of Metro's "Meet 
Me In St. Louis" at Loew's and the 
Orpheunv is skedded to be the big 
kickoff of the exhibs of Eastern Mis- 
souri and Southern .Illinois in the 
forthcoming Sixth War Bond cam- 
paign. Fred Wehrenberg. indie 
chain owner, is one of the. nine re- 
gional directors among exhibs in the 
U. S. but Maryin Burnett, manager 
of Loew's, and. Rex Barrett, Colum- 
bia. Mo., cxhib, will supervise the 
.v.ork in Eastern Missouri, M. L. 
Plessner of Fanchon &■. Marco, Irv 
Waterstrcel. local M-G exploited-, 
and Carl Post of the Warner Bros, 
local exchange, are in charge of the 
bally. 

In addition to the national Free 
Movie Day. Dec. 7. local exhibs plan 
to have all St. Louis and-, St. Louis 
County houses and others in East- 
ern Missouri give similar cUffq 
. show's every Monday night during 
the campaign. ■ P.a. of flicker stars at 
local houses also is planned to pep 
up bond sales. .' .'.:■. 



All-Star Radio Rally 
On 4 Webs as Film Biz 
Starts 6th Drive Nov. 20 

Film industry's Sixth War Loan 
drive will tee off Nov. 20 with an all- 
star, radio rally at . N: Y-.'s Madison 
Square Garden which will be broad- 
cast over the four networks at vari- 
ous times during the evening. 

Among the personalities arid pro- 
grams . which will entertain the 
S.R.O, crowd expected at the bond 
show, and who will air 'their stints, 
directly from the Garden that night, 
are: "Dr. I. Q ," Coca-Cola's Spot- 
light Bands program. Lowell 
Thomas, the Quiz Kids. "Blind Date," 
Gabriel Healter, Phil Baker's "Take 
It or Leave It" stanza in a special 
CBS airing, a preview of Milton 
Berle.'s "Let Yourself Go" stint, Or- 
son Welles. "Can You Top This?," 
and the NBC musical show. "Sere- 
nade to America," with the 35-piece 
orchestra and chorus and soloists. '; • 

Ted Lloyd, director of radio for 
the; industry's Sixth, coordinated 
talent arrangements for the rally.. 



Big Names On 
Short Discs For 
Sixth War Loan 



> Washington. Nov. 7. 

Although the Treasury has kayoed 
all big names from full-length tran- 
scriptions offered radio stations dur- 
ing the Sixth War Loan, number of 
names will be used for short discs. 

One set of 24 nve-miiiute briefs 
now in the mails to '.he broadcasters 
includes such names as Florence- 
Eldridge. Jane Cowl, Bing Crosby, 
Joe E. Brown, Edgar Bergen, .Cor- 
nelia Otis Skinner, Billie Burke, 
Raymond Massey, Canada Lee, Walt 
Disney and Quiz Kid Joel Kupper- 
mah,' Regular sponsors of those 
with radio ■ contracts- : aye? credited 
with a "loan" on the platters, '•'/'-.,." 

Another series consists of 60 spot 
announcements of 1 00 words, each^ 
Bulk of the "spots are handled by 
such well known writers as Booth 
Tarkinglon., Kathleen Norris and 
James Hilton. Show biz delegation 
will include: David Selzniek,' Ira 
Gershwin. Jack Benny, Fredric 
March, Carole Landis and Hum- 
phrey Bogavt, 



ATC Show in Hosp Tour 

The Air Transport Command' Con- 
tact Caravan, service show that has. 
been touring the Caribbean area, has 
been routed lor a coast-to-coast tour 
of hospitals in O. S. at request of 
the Army Surgeon General. . : ... 

'.Troupe . will be in New York 
Thanksgiving time for a week: in 
Spokane at Christmas." and in San 
Francisco at New Year's. 



Film Row Bond Agency 

Chicago, Nov; 7. 

New gimmick to boost sale of War 
Bonds for tiie Sixth War Loan drive 
started Friday i3) with installation 
of .a central issuing agency for film 
row buyers in the offices of Warner 
Brothers Theatre Management Corp. 

FuM customer tor a $1,000 bond 
was Sam Levinsohn. Chicago Used 
Chair Co. pre/.! Office is in charge 
of Pearl White, secretary to James 
E. Coslon. Chicago zone manager of 
WB Theatres. 



lucky 7' Lobby Ballyhoos 



Here are seven suggestions to the 
nation's exhibitors to help then 

. make full use of their lobby during 
the Sixth War Loan drive. 
. 1, Write to the Electric Boat Co 
theatre display dept., 33 Pine st., 
N.Y.C. 5, aiicl to Folmer.Graflcx Corp:, 
154 Ciarris'a s';., Rochester, 8. N. Y.', 
•ft. R. E. Robischon. and obtain ex- 
cellent free material for crackcrjack 
lobby displays, 

2. Participation Gag- Have a 
com po board cut out of a Jap with 
the head . in profile on a swivel. 
"Every bond buyer 'may slap the Jap 
•and keep his- head "spinning." . It's 
easy., effective, and: does a job for 
you, especially with younger patrons. 

-.3. Through War Finance Commit- 
teemen or , loC.il military officials, 

. obtain weapons of captured soldiers 
or weapons of our own' and, display 
them in your lobby. Cards with the 
price of .et'ch weapon of our own 
could be affixed to drive the point j 
home as to what the bonds are buy- J 
jng. Enemy weapons could have > 



cards. . giving the approximate cost 
of silencing each one, 

4. Boys in the , Service, Lobby 
Board. . From the local . newspapers 
obtain clippings, of the boys' in .the 
service. Change them '.from day to 
day. Relatives, identifying them- 
selves .-would be given a pass to the 
theatre upon identifying themselves 
to person in charge of- the. bond 
booth.' -Slug the. top of the board 
■with this message: "This is what thev 
are doing— what did you do today?" 

•.-5. .Han;4 ■ Hitler and 1 Hir.ohito— not 
new but tested and .found productive: 
Bond buyer's slip tl\e noose awkhd 
dummies of Hitior-and Hirohito and 
pull them,, up. Let them do the 
whole- '"jobjrif ■ is -more' .-satisfy fug: 
Then take the- dummy down for the 
nest bond buyer, 

ft. Dartboard." Paint a' Jap Hag on 
a dartboard. Award three darts for 
every bond. : Stimulate competition 
for the highest score. • This simple 
stunt will produce sales. 

7. Most Important of All. Display 
the one sheets, .40 by 60's, burgees, 
valances and other. display material 
made f.vaslable to you. 



SEE XMAS BONUSES OK 
AS HYPO TO BONDS 

Extra sales of smaller bonds to 
employees of- film companies loomed 
as a .strong possibility this week 
when Tom Baiiy. film industry's con- 
sultant to the Treasury Dept.. re- 
vealed that the. War Labor Board 
has amended its general order to 
allow employers to give bonuses for 
Christmas. - 

In a letter to industry sales chair- 
man Neil Agnew-. in the east, and 
Henry Ginsberg, on the Coast, Baily 
stated. "I find that , the WLB has 
amended its, general order NO: 10 to 
pay each of his employee's, without 
approval 6f the National War Labor 
Board, a, Christmas or year-in bonus 
no! exceeding $25." 

Agnew has appointed Gilbert 
Josephsori to handle all subscriptions 
and- bond, sa.les for the Sixth from 
members .of the Independent Thea- 
tre Owners Assn. and their - em- 
ployees. 



U. S, to the Rescue 

Stranded in- Louisville. Ky., 
when the train they, were slated 
to make .for the trip to Pittsburgh 
departed a half-hour ahead of 
time:' Harry Brandt, national, 
chairman of the- motion picture 
industry 's Sixth War Loan drive, 
and members of his entourage, 
including Ned E. Depinet. John 
D. -Hartz, Jr.. Capt : Ray Wild, et 
ai., arrived in the- latter city in 
time for the exhib-distrib session 
. last Friday 'igj only after a spe- 
cial call to Washington, 

Brand called Ted Gamble. naV; 
tionai director of, the War Fi- 
nance Dept. of the Treasury, who 
afforded them "the use of an 
Army Transport.- which got the 
group to Pittsburgh in two hours 
and in time for the meeting. 



With all branches of the motion 
I picture industry set for the big push, 
| advance estimates indicate that the 
Sixth War Bond campaign will top 
previous drives in the number of 
Free Movie Days (Dec. 7) and Bond 
Preems. War Bond Campaign Com. 
mittee officials believe that front 
10,000 to 12,000 theatres will actively 
participate in the industry's Bond 
drive.'- , :. - : ,'- ''.'•'.- "'"■■■ 

Harry Brandt, ; national chairman 
of the drive for the industry, states, 
"I have never seen all the divisions 
of the motion picture industry so 
well united and as determined to 
successfully put over a campaign ts 
ill this Sixth War Loan Drive.'' 

Brandt and his unit are set to start 
on the second leg of a cross-country 
tour of meetings. Exhibs and dis- 
tributor reps are thus laying the 
foundation to spearhead the nation's 
continuing effort to support lighting 
men overseas. .'■,',- 

Haying addressed more than 4.500 
showmen in their western and mid- 
western swing around the country at 
13 of 19 regional key city meetings, 
national toppers open their eastern 
swing tomorrow (Thursday) at the 
Bond hotel, Hartford. 0; : : 

Meetings, prior to the inauguration 
of the film industry's drive on Nov. 
20, and running through Dec: 16, have 
already been held in Los Angeles, 
San Francisco, Portland. Salt Lake 
City, Seattle, Omaha. Kansas City, 
Chicago. Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, 
Louisville and Pittsburgh. •'.■-.'..;:'-, 
. Following the Hartford, session to- 
morrow (9), exhibs and distribs will 
meet on the 10th at the Statler. Bos- 
ton: 12. Charlotte: 13, Philadelpnia; 
14, Baltimore; 17, New York City; 
Breakdowns 
In a tentative breakdown, individ- 
ual sales are expected to account for 
D CtL 11/ I » WW a j $5,000,000,000, with- banking'and cor- 
J5V Otn War LOan S M.U. poration purchases delivering anoth- 

* er $9,000,000,000. : Of the entire ra- 
tional goal of $14,00.000.000, it is an- 
ticipated that national "E" bond sales 
will approximate $2,500,000,000. 



CHAIRMAN BRANDT SEES 
6TH LOAN OVER THE TOP 

By HARRY BRANDT 

CliVtirinnii, JVationnl Motion Picture 
fudtist ryj Sixth War Loan Drive 

Right now I don't hesitate to say 
that, based on both the work, ..en- 
thusiasm and cooperation demon- 
strated by the trade, the Sixth War 
Loan drive will go over the top— 
with plenty to spare! , - ; 

It affords me great pleasure to as- 
sure the motion picture theatre 
operators of America that their in- 
dustry, is solidly molded into one of 
the greatest r ffgTTtTng " forces" this- or 
any other industry has ever experi- 
enced. It has been a pleasure to hear 
and see the unstinted efforts being 
put forth by experienced film indus- 
try personnel in every key city that 
members of the national committee 
and 1 have visited during the past 
few weeks. 

At the start of the drive, it was 
our ambition to top previous efforts 
in bond premieres, children's mati- 
nees, free movie days and to- secure 
more bond issuing agents. During 
the Fifth, these efforts resulted in 
6.017 issuing agents, 8,061 free movie 
days. 5.032 bond premieres and 1,116 
children preems: Just for the record, 
note llie.se figures. When the Sixth 
concludes. I assure you that we will 
top 'em all! 



3 Stalls on 'Why Should 
I Sell Bonds?' Answered 



National headquarters for the 
Sixth. War Loan d^ive this week an- 
swered several questions which 

have, been . puzzling " exhibitors ^^J^J^.^yL^J"^ 



throughout the nation for some time. 

One query heard is, "I don't be- 
lieve bond freerns, sell any new- 
bonds . . . they just give a premium 
to those who are going to buy any- 
way?" 'Answer: Treasury' officials 



reported to the Federal Reserve Bank 
from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. This is nec- 
essary to give proper credit for bonds 
sold during the drive by approxi- 
mately 25,000 issuing ._ agents and 
thousands of ; plants now .using the 
payroll deduction system. 
Serving with national chairman 



state that (he bond preem is . one Harry Brandt are Jay Emanuel, cam- 
of the best mediums they.-.have'for | l> ai * n , coordinator; W. F. Crockett, 
creating enthusiasm and interest -in 



bond sales. The word of mouth be- 
fore and after is terrific, and sells 
bonds ... . . . to see 500 or 1,000 peo- 
ple who have bought bonds drives 
home the story to those. who haven't. 
The psychology of crowds . . 7 they 
breed action,. ,: 

Another problem posed is. "I 
haven't time, or can't sell all the 
bonds." Answer: Exhibs should con- 
tact the War Finaike group in their 
town, and offer the theatre to them. 
They will do the job of selling. 
There may be some club or group i op the Coast 
(Legion, Chamber of Cbmmerce. 
Grange, fire company) that would 
want to sponsor the premiere. Don't 
try to do the job alone, the more 
interested- the better. Everyone in 
your community wants to help in -I 
this job. 

Still a third poser is, "My thea-. 
tre is too small." Answer: If you 
are not interested in building up 
the position of your theatre, who 
is? Every lieighborhood has pride, 
all want to make their showing as 
good as possible, and you and,, your 
theatre can help accomplish this. It 
also makes you and your theatre a 
more important part of your town. 
The more you do for your com- 
munity the more they'll do for you. 



vice-chairman; Ned E. Depinet, dis- 
tribution division chairman; Francis 
Harmon. WAC coordinator; John D. 
Hertz. Jr., national publicity director, 
and eight co-chairmen: Hugh Briien, 
Jack Kirschi Henry Reeve. John 
Rcgar. At Steffes. Leo Wo'cott. Fred 
Wehr*n.berg and Nathan Yamins. 

Also serving the Sixth as honorary 
chairmen are Si Fabian, L. C. Griffith, 
Charles Skouras and R. J. O'Connell, 
all previous national campaign chair- 
men. Neil Agnew is in charge of in- 
dustry sales in the east, while Henry 
j.Ginsberg is handling a similar chore 
In addition, 65 exhib- 
itor state chairmen and 615 publicity 
state chairmen in key cities through- 
(Cpntinued on page 31). 



L A. to N Y. 



Loew's Bond Rally 

Series/of Sixth Loan drive meet- 
ings have been slated by. Loew's to 
give momentum • to the company's 
campaign. Tomorrow morning (9) 
Loew homeoft ice employees will hold 
a rally at 1540 Broadway. N. Y.. with 
announcement to be made of a $1,000 
bond prize for, employees who par- 
ticipate in the bond-buying and sell- 
ing drive. 

At 6 p.m. same night, all managers 
and district . managers of the Loew 
N. Y. circuit - will .meet in . the com- 
pany's penthouse projection room tor 
a bond conference and buffet supper. 
Assistant managers. will be hosted ;;l 
a similar affair Friday night-HO). 



Neil Agnew. 
Walter Batchelor. 
Ralph Blum. '..-'...'■ 
Walter Bramson. ■ 
Pat Casey. 
William Dozier. 
Jack Goldstein. 
Alfred Hitchcock. : - 
H. D. Hover. 
Diana Lynn. 
Jean Petti bone. ' \ 
Al Rackin. 
Scptty Rackin. -. ;. 
Wynn Rocamora. 
Edward C. Raftery^ 
Bradford Ropes. 
John Swallow, ' 
•Donald W. Thornburgh. 
Eli zabert Wilson. . 
Barton Yarborough. 
13b*fYork. 
Sam Zimbalist; , 

N. Y. to L. A. 

Harry Akst. : ; ' '" '.;,. -.'. 
Ronald Colman. 
Steve Hannagan. 
Benita Hume. 
George JesseL ' ' 
A I Jolson. ' 
Claude McCuc,.. 
Ed Perkins. 



Wednesday, Novwabgf g, UKf 



UBIETY 




4 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



This Is The Best Way 

To Say 
Thanks, Mr. Exhibitor 

The following pages are dedicated to this 
proposition! That the best way this indus- 
try can show its heartfelt gratitude to the 
exhibitors of America for the historic job 
they've done in the war effort is to give 
them the best materials to continue their 
honored task on the home front. 

Too many people think this war is in the 
bag. But there's heartache aplenty ahead. 
The Pacific War will be won only at untold 
cost, untold hardship. 

The new sales angle for the Sixth War 
Loan is to tell America every day in every 
way: 

"BUY WAR BONDS 
AT YOUR 
MOTION PICTURE THEATRE.. 

The only place where 
you can buy bonds every 
evening, Sunday, and Holiday/' 

The best way we can say "thanks" for the 
great job you've done and "Godspeed on 
the new" is with fighting materials. And 
here they are: 



National 
Magazines Direct 
War Bond Buyers 
To Your Theatre! 



Six million Collier's readers will btf 
told to "Buy Bonds at Your Favorite 
Motion Picture Theatre" in a smash 
editorial in this Great National 
Magazine! 




And This Collier's Feature 
is Only One of a Group of 
National Magazine Plugs 
of the Same Kind . . . 
Get Ready for Them. 
Your Public Will! 11 




tJiiesday- November 8, 1911 



f 




America's 
Fan Magazines 
Direct I heir 
20-Million Readers 
To Your Theatre 

They're behind you with 

this three-point program! 

j — ~ 

I. • 

A BIG CONTEST 
$5,000 in Prizes 

A total of $5,000 in prizes— awarded to the 10 
exhibitors conducting the most ingenious, effec- 
tive bond-selling drive in their theatre during the 
Sixth. For full details— see your trade papers- 
sot your Fan Magazines. 

AN ALL-OUT COVER DISPLAY 

During months of November and December . . . 
the front cover of every Fan Magazine in the 
U.S.A. will display your drive slogan: 

'BUY BONDS AT YOUR FAVORITE 
MOTION PICTURE THEATRE" 

3. 

BIG EDITORIAL COVERAGE 

The editorial content of the Fan Magazines dur- 
ing November and December will include gen- 
erous space on your work in this, and the previous 
ftv« War Loans. 



RADIO DIRECTS BOND BUYERS 
TO YOUR THEATRE 



Every Radio Listener in America Will Be Reached 
at Least Five Times During the Period of the Drivel 




'And Every Broadcast and Guest Star Ap- 
pearance Will Carry The Sales Message: 

"Buy Bonds at Your Favorite Motion 
Picture Theatre . % the only place 
where you can buy Bonds every Eve- 
ning, Sunday and Holiday." 

Nov, 20th— Monster War Bond 
Rally with Stars of Radio, 
Stage and Screen 

Broadcast Coast-to-Coast Over 
the Major Networks 

A big-time show going out over the air to 
the entire country! With famous commen- 
tators such as Lowell Thomas and Gabriel 
Heatter, radio shows such as "The Quiz 
Kids," "Coca Cola Spotlight Band,'' 
"Blind Date," etc., plus famous stars of 
stage and screen— all joining in to open up 
the Sixth War Loan with a bang! 



Pearl Harbor Eve Radio Show 
December 6th 

Your National Build-up for "Free Movie Day" 

On the Eve of the most fateful day in 
American History! A heart-stirring radio 
show, featuring stars who've entertained 
overseas and who will go on the air with 
their personal stories of front-line life— 
to help sell War Bonds! Names from a 
famous roster that includes Bob Hope, 
Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Clark Gable, 
Carole Landis, Joe E. Brown, Frances 
Langford, Lt. Tyrone Power, Al Jolson, 
Jack Benny, will be there to make this" a 
brilliant "pitch" for War Bond Selling ! 

. Other National 
Radio Coverage 

War Bond Guest Stars will appear on all 
leading commercial programs during the 
drive to make a special bond selling ap- 
peal, built around their own War Activi- 
ties in hospitals, the home-front and the 
war-front! : ; 



NEWSPAPERS, COMIC STRIPS 
DIRECT BOND BUYERS 
TO YOUR THEATRE 



Watch the papers for a flood of publicity 

angled to your sales slant . . . 
"Buy War Bonds at your favorite theatre." 

EXTRA! 2 ADDED ATTRACTIONS! FREE! 



8,000 SETS OF FULL- COLOR 
COMBAT PAINTINGS 

8,000 Sets of Full-Color Combat 
Paintings (Reproductions) by Lead- 
ing American Artists Supplied Free by 
Electric Boat Company. 
; 8 Paintings to the Set, each 19 x 24. 
A free set and free display material kit 
to each exhibitor who writes in to The 
Theatre Display Dept., Electrie Boat 
Co., 33 Pine St., New York. Exhibitors 
may keep paintings or award as prizes 
to 8 biggest bond buyers (make your 
request early... first come, first served). 



800 SETS OF 

' ■ : ■ ■ ••••'.'•I v "' ''. - , • . 

COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHS 

800 Sets of Combat Photographs to 
be Loaned for Use . . . by the Folmer 
Graflex Corp. (Complete with Pub- 
licity Kit.) 

25 Combat Photographs to each 
Set. For loan of set and publicity kit, 
exhibitors should write to: Folmer 
Graflex Corp., Rochester 6, New York, 
Attention of Mr. R. E. Robischon. 
Exhibitor must pay postage coming 
and going. This is a loan only. Again 
. . . first come, first served. 



So Much for the Great Artillery Barrage New* 





YOUR THREE MAIN OBJECTIVES ARE 




,,„«««««* 



War Bond Premieres 



Children's Premieres 



lllill^llllll 

Free Movie Day 

DEC. 7 PEARL HARBOR BAY 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



P>3METr 



11 



Always Sure-Fire On The "Theatre Front"! 




It's a proved fact that Bond Premieres 
arc the single biggest grossers for the 
U. S. Treasury Department in any in- 
dustry. And every exhibitor can put on 
a Bond Premiere. 

HERE'S THE PITCH! 

1 Contact any of the exchanges awith 
which you do business for a new pic- 
ture under the rules outlined in Bond 
Premiere Agreement. Allow somt 
choice of Picture. 

2 If your theatre is in a town with a 
population of not over 7»500, and If 
no picture is available, contact tho 
Distributor Chairman In your terrlv 
Xory for a list of available Bond 
Premiere pictures* j 

3 From this list, select and submit to 
the Distributor Chairman la you* 



territory a list of several pictures to 
allow a choice of selection. A book-; 
ing will then be made for you and 
you will be notified. 

The first contact you should make after 
getting the picture is the War Finance 
Committee. Advise them of your/ 
Premiere date and ask them to set up a 
committee to handle the sale of"E" bond 
units for your house. 

If the local Chamber of Commerce has 
a general Bond Committee appointed, be 
sure and contact them . . . telling them 
fully Of your plans for a Bond Premiere. 
Enlist their aid in selling your tickets but 
bear in mind, the best success comes of . 
having one central source for tickets., 
Don't have four or five places where 
tickets can be obtained for It only re* 
suits in confusion and poor returns. 



W«dtt*M)ay, November 8, 1914 




Get The Youngsters Into The fight With A 








Children's Premiere 



>..1-J, 



CHILDREN'S PREMIERE is just what it says: a bond 
selling event aimed at the children and planned for them. 

Remember, the Distributors' Agreement is in effect for 
a Children's Premiere. Take advantage of this and leave 
the rest to the boys and girls. Select a picture with ap- 
peal for youngsters . ... action, war or western. Pack the 
program with cartoons and other short subjects, sports, 
combat, etc. 

Some of the ways to make the plan work: 

1 You've got to let the children know about it. 

Hit the places they congregate and bill the day big. 

2 Have spot announcements on local stations in early 
evening and daily teasers in newspapers. 

3 Have a contest to select a Bond "King" and "Queen." 

4 Tell school officials your plans. Organize team com- 
petition: Seniors vs. Juniors, etc. Promote awards. 

5 Try the u Mayor-for-a-Day" Stunt. Through the Cham- 
ber of Commerce arrange to have the leading Bond 
seller appointed "Mayor-for-a-Day." 

6 Ask the Boy and Girl Scouts for their efficient coop- 
eration. Boy Scout troops will not only sell bonds 
but will distribute thrpw-aways for you and generally 
assist in running the day. They cart usher for you and 

. keep order. ; - _ • ' 

7 Have newsboys deliver handbills on their regular routes. 



A 







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Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



IS 



Make \bur Public Remember Pearl Harbor With 




Free Movie Day 



DECEMBER 7th! 



ITU PATRIOTIC fever running 
high, everyone will be eager to 
"Remember Pearl Harbor" with a 
bond. And Free Movie Day is the 
event to give your campaign a 
running start for the last week of 
the Sixth War Loan Drive. 

As you remember, Free Movie Day 
was tried on a nation-wide basis for 
the first time in the Fifth War Loan 
Drive. More than eight thousand 
theatres participated in a simultane- 
ous bond-selling event that turned 
out to be the sensation of the drive. 
It's been tested and proven tops, 



and now it's tied to pne of the big- 
gest, one of the most important, war 
dates in our history. The results can 
surpass anything the Motion Picture 
Industry has ever done for the 
Treasury Department if you will lay 
plans now to capitalize on the 
nation-wide publicity that will urge 
every American to Remember Pearl 
Harbor with an extra War Bond. 





mm 

This One's On Us! 

Free Movie Day 



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Wednesday, November 8, 1 9 1 i 




Are Your Ammunition 
And These Are 



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ERE they ARE! Colorful— Drafiiatic 



—Eyc-(."atching— Posters and Dis- 
plays—each one especially created to 
put "sell" in your lobby— designed to 
make your theatre headquarters for 
bond sales in your community. Use 
them— they're your T.N.T. to put 
explosive punch behind bond sales. 




BUY 




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"Buy Bonds at Your Favorite Motion 
Picture Theatre, the only place 
where you can buy Bonds every 
evening, Sunday and Holiday/' 



16 



Wednesday, November 8, 1914. 



YOUR P R ESS BOO K FOR 
Wl SIXTH WAR LOAN DRIVE 
IS IN THE MAILS ! 

h'l o working weapon, designed for . 
•«»y us* by you. If you foil to re- - 
caiv* yours promptly/ extro copies 
*f» evoifabU. ot your nearest No* 
Henol Screen Exchange. 



PLAY TAPS FOR 





THE JAPS! 



This message was prepared and inserted in the trade press by: 

. ' Columbia Pictures Corp* 

•Metro - Goldw-y n - Mayer- Pictures' --.„ 

Paramount Pictures Inc. 
• . RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc. 
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. 
United Artists Corp.' 
b- Universal Pictures Company, Inc.' 
: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 



Wnltiesday, November 8, 1944 



'SMASHING 6th' 



IT 



Here Is How and Why You Ought 
To Put On a Bond Premiere 

By LOUIS J. FIN'SKF. 

(Gen. Mgr., Comerford-PubUxl 

. • -v- . Scranlon, Pa., Nov. 7. 

\ f Why Should I Have a Bond Premiere? ,"'./ 

/: ,V ■/.'. ' — I am an American and if I don't win all is lost. I want to be 
in the tight, not on the sidelines. 
r/'-r-My theatre is the. greatest community center in town outside of 
the church. It should be the center of activity.. . 

Help build my public position— I'm a doer. ; V ' : 

—We have made few sacrifices in our business. . .some businessmen 
have lost all., , some give their lives. ..we are in a ration-free busi- 
, iiess . . remember ; "he . profits most who serves best" ... .let's be leaders. 

t. . Some Bond Pretniere Facts. /<:-'";/' 
' What Picture ';, >.'/.- 

--In towns, under 7.500 you can. have pictures, released prior to 
• May 1. 1944, and "not under contract (without cost) or regular 1 picture 
Who to Sell the Bonds - 
,v /. -TrConSult lopal War Activities Committee or Bankers. . , They will 
supervise or help you Obtain a sponsoring organization; 
—Ex. Civic Club. American Legion, Chamber of Commerce. 
—Help them scale the house, etc. • 
What Date' / \ ;//';• , .'','/."'• ■■■ '■- " ';-';'" '-"-; v 7 

- . —Do not announce premiere too early, 

—Do not hold early in drive. . ... '.:'•'./•: '■:?< * 

-rTifne so that it will come later in drive and bring out new 
.. . ... money . . (War Activity Board will aid). . The premiere is the stroiig- 

, .. est bond selling force of all. . At should be a climax to the drive. ■ 
•The Show: ,>' : .-'."/ /■ /■■/;/ "--.'-' 

i-Makc the premiere a big local event. 
- •'• —Orcsestia, 'glee club, etc., or other added attraction on stage. 

—Keep the, talks short .• - 

:>"■':■'.. —Be siire you include National .Anthem 'th your. program. 

BOND SALES 
How Can I Become Sub-Issuing Agency?. 
-//.:''"/ "-/tt-Go .to "'neighboring'. 'bank and they will arrange.: 

—All. moneys from sales turned in -at bank same as regular de- 
posits— (book work eliminated I. 
','.•■'. Wlio to Sell Bonds'. :, '', _:: '; 

— Divide. days among various women's organizations and they will 
'//.,' provide '.attendants-.-., .(by doing this they will have friends to build 
■v."-.- ' ■'■ / up; sales). '-,''■;''..-''-,. '-// ""'7 ■■-' ■ '■ ... " '' . ■ ■■ ; •'.!' 

— Or some banks will usually provide attendants. 
Why Sell Bonds . ./-':'.',,'. 
— We want to help in the war etloi t 

— We are a community center. . keep pur theatre in spotlight. 
'■//— Convenience to patrons who are not able to purchase in daytime 
. . . (theatres represent 10'> of Bond Selling Agencies but sell 25% 

' •'/' of the bonds*.: . •■/.•'/>■ '-' /;//:.' "'"'":."-■ '•'.-'" '".-;/ 

JUNIOR BOND PREMIERES : " 

1. P!«n. ■ .-:■';■■;' :' ; !'■■'.' '■■',.?': \v" r /,': :/•:.', ■ 

—A Junior Bond Premiere on a Saturday morning with admission 
• . to each child who' sells a bond Or in whose name a bond has. been 
purchased. :■'-':.' "<•'•' :•,■;■' ■ '.■•':. 

2. Hpui to Arrange. • '.'-"'"> % - > : V" />.'/'.■■ ■■, 

— Tie up w'ith American 'Legion, ; B ov Scouts and Girl Scouts. '■''•'-:.' 

—Have a. mass . meeting in advance to buildup enthusiasm. :/•'..'■ .',:'-, 
•.- ... " —Get as many group's interested as, possible. . .the more workers 

the more things done; • — 
8, Why Good:' ' ^/- ; /"V-';:/"- .-.' %. ''•;■• \: .*/ ' 

— Children are enthusiasts, .sell where adults fail. 

— Helps sell "F," bonds. ■ ■', ■' ;'■'; .. • "'■"'■':■■■ ''■:./-'., 

,:/■'■ — Fills up stamp books. .-' /." /.,.,.' : 

— Make children movie conscious. , 

—Build friendly feeling for theatre. [■,. - ' — 



Double Troupes For 

83 More Hospitals 

With 83 more hospitals (70 Army, 
13 Navy) added: lo USO-Canip 
Shows' hospital circuit, to make total 
of 161 hospitals Serviced. 'Camp. 
Shows has had tb double its enter- 
tainment units for that loop. 'Circuit, 
now entails. 22 units instead of 
former 12. Units make the. loop on 
two-week intervals .' 

The original 78 are general-- hos- 
pitals, caring for battle casualties. 
The 83 new hospitals are regionajs. 
for all other types of injuries or 
illnesses". 



Exhibitor and Publicity Chairmen 
Set Up in Every State of the Union 



List of exhibitor slate chairmen 
for the Sixth; War; Loan drive and 
the. area publicists throughout the 
country shows that most, are vet- 
erans of previous bond campaigns. 
These showmen, being directed by 
members of the national committee 
out of N. Y> headquarters, are al- 
ready doing the promotional job of 
lining up exhib and Treasury Dept. 
cooperation to put over the Sixth. 
■ Exhibitor State Chairmen .. . 
HI) TAR I\»TrC mn ni'O "" A,a| M"»* ! *• M.' Kennedy, Alabama 

Ui lUr Ml Ed rOK W a! ■ ■^tmmt^t^w^»^ 

ry- Nace.' Orpheum. Phoenix; Ark- 



PONS, KOSTELANETZ GIVE 



Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz | 
will go overseas again for USO-Camp ! f[ 0C k- 



Parker, Heller Rate 
GI Musicians 



Highly 



Some terrific talent is coming out 
of this war, say Lew Parker and 
Jackie Heller. Especially musicians. 
The two entertainers, recently back 
in New York after '16 months in the 
central, south and southwest pacific 
areas, say they ran across GI bands 
comparable to the best name bands 
in : the business. Most of the players 
were pro. of course, but some had 
developed in the army. 

Parker, and Heller did about 1.000 
shows, traveling some 62.000 miles. 
Originally .booked for 12 weeks in 
Hawaii, they accepted a later, bid 
for six months in the South. Pacific. 
Then, says Parker, 'bur forces kept 
taking islands,, and we kept playing 
them." Major General R. G. Breene 



U. S. ROLLCALL 

Meyer Davis' Son interned/*" 
Lt. Garry Davis, son of Meyer 
Davis, the /maestro-producer: and 
former cast member, "of .the Broad- 
way, musical, "Let's Face It." is' in- 
terned in :a neutral country (pre- 
sumed to be Switzerland) after a 
"plane crash-landing.^. Davis . is. 
spending his time staging shows for 
his fellow internees. • : . • V 

Storekeeper 2 c Meyer Davis, Jr.. 
eldest son of the ore conductor^, re- 
jiorled missing in sinking of the de- 
stroyer Buck off Salerno a. year ago. 
has been officially declared dead by 
the Navy, 



Shejws, for' 15 weeks starting Dec. 9 
Contracts for concert, opera and 
radio commitments have been can- 
celled, leaving several accounts .in a 
stew. .. * ',*'...';..•.'/"• 

KOsty had six concerts with major 
U. S. orchestras, as well as his Coca- 
Cola air program, •while Miss Pons 
had several concerts as Well as Met 
opera appearances. Diva won't be 
heard at the Met this season; but 
will be back lor Met's spring tour, 
v Team did a- 15-week overseas tour 
for Camp Shows / last summer, in 
middle east and Italy, but only lost 
couple engagements in U, S. thereby. 



Claude Mundo, 
California (So. 



Rex. 
Calif. 



Little 
: Gus 



Metzger. 536 So, Broadway, Los An- 
geles: (No. Calif.): Rptus Harvey, 
Golden Gate. Sah Franeiseo; Colo- 
rado: Mark Ailing. Orpheum. Den- 
ver: R J. Garland. Po'x-Intermotin- 
tain Tlieas;. Denver: Connecticut: 
Harry Shaw. Poll. New Haven: Dela- 
ware: A. Jos. Defiore. Park. Wilming- 
ton; Florida: J. L. Cartwnght. 
Tampa Theav, Tampa. 
Georgia: J. H. Thompson. MPTO 



blvd.. Los : : Angeles: Mort Good'mad 
(co-chainnaiO, Warner Bros., 6433 
Hollywood blvd.. Hollywood: Cali- 
fornia (Northern): Fay Reeder. Fox- 
West Coast. 988 Market street; San 
Francisco; Colorado: Margaret Coy- 
ctte. Denham, Denver; Connecticut: 
Lou Brown, Loew's Poli, New Haven; 

Delaware: Edgar J. Doob. Loew/i 
Aldine. Wilmington; Florida: .T.' L. 
Cartwright; Tampa, Tampa: Geor- 
gia: Spence Pierce, 20th Ceii- 
f ury-Fox Exchange,, Atlanta; "Idaho 
(South Eastern): C; A. Orr. Opera: 
House, Grace; Idaho (North- 
ern) :, John'" Trciyela. Wilma Thea- 
tre, Coeur D'Alene, Illinois; 
Bill Bishop. Metro. 1307 S. Wabash, 
avenue. Chicago;. Larry Stein. War-'" 
ner,, Bros., 1307 S. Wabash aveiuie, 
Chicago: Indiana: Ken Collins. Cir- 
cle, Indianapolis. 
. Iowa: Dale McFarland, Paramount. 
Des Moines; Kansas: Woody Bahitt,, 
Fox-Wichita Theatres^ Wichita: Ken- 
lucky: Lew H enslel ". Ben AH Thea- 
tre. Lexington: Louisiana: Mauiica 
F. Barr. 608 Carial street. New Or- 



of Georgia: Hawklnsville: Idaho: Al I leans: Maine: C, J. Russell. Sr., : 
Hagcr. Rex, Idaho Falls; Illinois: Ed j Bi.iou. Bangor: Maryland: Louis E. 
Zprn. Crescent Falls. Pontiac: Ed Schecter. Oldtown Bank BUIg:. Bat-. 
Silverman, Essaness Theatres. 540 
No. Michigan avenue. Chicago: In- 



diana: Don Rossiter. 444 N. Illinois 
street. Indianapolis; Iowa: A. H:' 
Blank, Paramount, Des Moines: 
Kansas: Howard Jameyson, Wichita; 



Ben Lyon Says Wife 
1st Trouper in France 

/,■;■' ■'' U.S.S.A.F.. Europe. Oct. 5. '44. 
Editor. "Variety": ',/•'..;' 
• '..In a. recent issue , of "Variety" 
you ran an ad in which an actor 
stated he was the first entertainer 
to set foot on French soil. He- was 

probacy .unaware of the. fact that | "Brianclii."ATCi. of "Micliigair^- Fox 



(imore: Massachusetts: Harry Brown- 
ing. 60 Scollay square, Boston; Mien- 
igan: Betty Smith. Fox. Detroit; 
Minnesota: Norman Pyle, Met i o. 110* 
Currie avenue, Minneapolis. • ' ; 
Mississippi: Burgess Waltmon, 



Kentucky: Lew Hensler, Ben Ali | Princess. Columbtus; Missouri (Eatl- 
Tlica.. Lexington: Louisiana: E. V. iern): M. L. Plessivcr. Fox. 527 N. 
Richards. 608 Canal street, New Or- Grand street. St. Louis; Erv "Water- 



leans: Maine: Connie Russell, Bangor: 
Maryland: Frank Durkee. Arcade 
Thea.; Baltimore: Massachusetts: 
Sam Pinanski. M&P Tlieas.. 60 Scol- 
lay .'stiuare. . Boston: Michigan: Ray 



my wife, Bebe Daniels, was the very 
first entertainer to go to France. She 
arrived in Normandy early in July. 
The purpose of her trip was to en- 
tertain our boys and also make re- 
cordings of .the evacuation of . our 
wounded. These, recordings have 
been used in the" "American Eagle 
in Britain'' program on Mutual net- 
work every .Saturday night. 

Probably, this letter may seem out 
of order, but I can't, help being very 
proud of Bebe for the wonderful job 
she has done throughout this entire 
war. As for the families of our 
wounded, she has been as close as 
600 yards from the front lines to ob- 
tain interviews with stretcher-bear- 
ers and the wounded being carried 
off the battlefield, so that the folk 
in the U, S. wPuld know what won 
derful care our boys are receiving. 
At present,- Bebe is in Italy carrying 
on this work and has been there for 
eight, weeks.. •.. : 

I sound .like a press agent, don't I? 
Really I'ni not. I'm just proud of 
my, wife. ■'■ ■'• 

Lt. Cot Ben Lyon. A. C. 



Bldg., Detroit; Minnesota: Henry 
Greene, Lake Amus. Co., 818 NTL. 
Bldg.. ; Minneapolis: Harold Kaplan, 
St. Louis Park Thea., St. Louis 
Park; Mississippi: Burgess Waltmon. 
Princess. Columbus: Arthur Leh- 
mann. Booker T. Theas., Jackson: 
Missouri (Eastern Missouri): Rex 
Barrett Columbia;. Marty Burnett, 
Loew's State Thea., St. Louis: (West- 
ern Missouri): Elmer Rhoden. Fox 
Midwest. Theas.. . 3706 Broadway, 
Kansas City: Montana: J. A. English, 
Wgshoe Thea. Bldg., Anaconda; 
Xcbraska: Wi"iam Miskell. Orpheum, 
Omaha: Sam Epstein, Epstein Amus. 
Co.. Omaha. : 

Nevada: N. Dow Thompson, T&D 
Ent.. Reno; New Hampshire: Ed 
s | Fahey. 1118 Elm street. -Manchester; 
New Jersey (No. N. J.): Harry .Low? 
enstein. 24 Walnut street. Newark: 



Harrisuurg Csher Killed 

Harrisburg. Pa.. Nov, 7. ' 
Pfc. John Russell Shadow. 22; an 
usher al Loew's Regent theatre here, 
was" killed Oct.,' 15 '.in the China- 



presented each of them with a | BtirmiV-India theatre, according to 



Hope's Xmas Seal Trailer 

Prints of a 1944 Christmas Seal 
trailer, starring Bob Hope, have been 
shipped for sho'wiftg; in theatres 
throughout lhi» country and Canada 
for use in the campaign to. raise 
funds for the National Tuberculosis 
Assn. 

Made by Paramount as a gift of 
the company and entitled ■; "Jingle 
Bells." trailer runs •'; 173/ feet. . . Up- 
wards of 5.000 prints are being 
shipped. '/ ' Some have already been 



Frank Darhis, Warner Bros., 17 
Academy street, Newark; (So. N. J.) : 
I. Epstein. Atlantic Theas.. 1505 Race 
street; Philadelphia. Pa:; New Mexi- 
co: Geo. Tucker, Kimo Thea.. Al- 
buquerque: New York (Metropoli- 
tan): Malcolm Kingsberg, RKO, 1270 
Sixth avenue, New York City: New 
York (Upstate): C. J. Latta. Warner 
Bros.. Pearl street, Albany; North 
Carolina: Geo. T. Carpenter, Colo- 
nial Valdese; North Dakota: Mike 
Cooper, Fox. Grand Forks; 
Kraiiss. Fargo Thea., Fargo. 



street. 3010 Olive street. St, Louis; 
Carl Post. 3304 Olive street. St. 
Louis: Missouri (Western): Jerry 
Zigmondj Newman, Kansas City; 
Montana: Jack Edwards. . Mar low, . 
Helena, Mont.: Nebraska: . Ted Em- 
erson c/6 Wm. Miskcll, Orpheum, 
Omaha: Nevada: Harry Hunsaker, 
Granada, Reno; New Hampshire: 
Frank K. Eldridge. Capitol. Concord. 

•New Jersey (Northern): George 
Kelly. 17 Academy street. Newark; 
New Jersey (Southern): EH M. Orr 
owitz, Savar Arrius. Co.. 4505 West 
Field avenue, Camden; New Mexico: 
George Tucker, Kimo, Albuquerque; 
New York: Charles Smakwitz. War- 
ner- .Theatre, 79 N. Pearl street. Al- 
bany; Charles B." Taylor. Buffalo" 
Theatres,' Buffalo; Harry Mandell, 
RKO. 1270 Sixth avenue, N. Y. C. 20; 
North Carolina: Roy L. Smart. 12Q* 
East Third street, .Charlotte; North 
Dakota (West and East): Ed Kraus, 
Fargo Theatre. Fargo: Eugene 
Geaudette. RKO. 1025 Currie avenue, 
No.. Minneapolis Minn, / 

Ohio: J. E. Watson, Loew's. 1623 



special individual Commendation for 
Outstanding Services -in the South 
Pacilic Area. ' ; /' 



Jackie Cooper at Gt. Lakes 
Fails in Officers Course 

Jackie Copper/ fofm«r ■• juvenile 
Aim .star, is undergoing his boot 
. training at the ' Great Lakes Naval i 
Training Center after failing "the Vr 
12 course ' for officers at the Notre 
Dame University, 

Navy officials, said,. "Cooper S.im- 
P'.y could not meet, the scholastic re-, 
quirements," and the change had 
"absolutely nothing to do" with the 
recent charges of contributing to the 
delinquency of a minor from which 
Cooper, was acquitted, .- ■'', '■ ■ 



•word- received by relatives here. 
Private. Shadow, an aerial, gunner, 
lost his life when It's plane crashed 
while flying - oyer, the/ hazardous 
"hump." - ■■'•'"./ ■ '.' : ','-.. //,. //'/, ,.' 



flown lo Hawaii, Alaska- and Puerto 
Rico. '■■/ ..'':/' 

A similar trailer turned of. by 
Par last year, featured Bing Crosby. 



Ohio: Chas. Raymond. Loew's 
State/ Cleveland: Oklahoma: Ralph 
Talbot. Ritz, Tulsa: Oregon: O. J. 
Miller. 1931 N. Kearney street, Port- 
land: Pennsylvania (Eastern Penn.): 
Ben Fertel, Colonial, Philadelphia: 
, (Western Penn.) : M. A. Silver, War- 
ner Bros.,. Clark Bldg;, Pittsburgh: 



Central parkway, Cincinnati; Charles 
Deardourff. Loew's, 2346 Payne ave- 
nue, Cleveland; Oklahoma: Robert 
Btisch. Uptown, Oklahoma City: Ore- 
eon: Jack Matlack, Broadway Thea- 
tre. 1008 S. W. Broadway. Portland 
5: Pennsylvania: Michael Weiss. 20th 
Fox.: 302 No. 13th street, Philadel- 
phia 7; James M, Totman, Warner 
Bros,/ Pittsburgh; Rhode Island: 
Martin Toohey, Leroy Theatre. Paw- 
tucke); South Carolina: Sam Suggs, 
Ed I Palmetto, Columbia. ■'■ /■' 

i South Dakota: Cliff. Knoll, 



They'll Never Believe It 

■ ? . . Hollywood; Nov. 7. 
: Authentic atmosphere, for :"The 
Invisible Army" at RKO will be pro- 
vided by .more than 500 Filipinos 
who have been honorably discharged 
from the Army" and Navy after .'serv- 
ice in the Pacific area. ■■'•..' ... 

Picture, deals with - guerrila . wai'V 
fare in the Philippines, after the Jap 
invasion. ■ ■ . . / 



Philly Bandsman Dies , in Action . 

. : Philadelphia. Nov. 7. • 
Flight Officer George (Bud i Ho- 
well, who played sax . and clarinet in 
Philly bands, has been declared dead 
by the War Department. Ho has 
been missing in action oyer Ger- 
many since Oct. 29. 1943. 



Rhode Island: Martin Toohey, Leroy 
Thea.. Pawtucket; South Carolina: 
Warren Irwin, Palmetto. Thea.,. Co- 
lumbia: South Dakota: Fred Larkih, 
State. Sioux Falls: Tennessee (East- 
ern Tenn.) : E. W. Street, Tennessee 
Thea.. Knoxville: (Western Tenn.): 
j Kermit Stengal. Crescent Amus. Co 
ooo - - . ■ 



Paramount, Mitchell; Walter Hoff- 
man, 20th C.-L. Fox, 1015 Currie 
avenue, N...Minncapplis 3/Minn.;Ken 
Peters. State, Pierre; Tennessee; E. 
W. Street. Tennessee Theatre. Knox- 
ville: J. R. McEactiron, Paramount, 
Jackson: Texas: Ray Bcalli chairman; 
Bob Kelly, co-chairman; .Inters tale 
Circuit. -501 Majestic Bldg., Dallas; 
Utah: Helen Garrity, Intermountaiti 
Theatre. Salt Lake City; Vermont: 
Eugene C. Kccnan, - Burns Theatre, 
Newport: Virginia: Brock Whitlbck, 
Well Groomed Team em Tenn.) VE. W. Street, Tennessee Loew's, Richmond. ',, , 

■ u ., , v ^ Thea.. Knoxville: (Western Tenn.): Washington, D. C: Frank La Falce, 

. Hollywood ,.No\,.-. . Kcrmi j stengal. Crescent Amus. Co., WB. Earlc Theatre Bldg.; Washing- 

Ray .Mi Hand- and Pauletle God-.| Na;ihv i ]le . ton: Vic Gauntlett, Evergreen Thea- 

dard/.will team again as co-stai s a. ... T j vas; j 0 i in Q; Adams. Majestic ties. Seattle: West Virginia (partial): 
Paramount in "The Well Groomed Th(?a Da llas; Phil Isley. 2000'i Jas. M, Totman, Warner Bros.. Clark 

Bride," ■ Jackson. Dallas; Utah: -Hall Baelz, I Bldg., Pittsburgh; : Wisconsin: Wil-. 

Fred Kphlmar production will be ;,Fox-Intermountain Theas.. 268 East liam V, Geehan, 1324 W. Wisconsin 
directed by Sidney Lanfielcl, starting I pj rs ( South, Salt Lake City; Ver- j avenue,' Milwaukee; Wyoming: G. H, 
Jan, 15, ! mont: Frank Venett, Paramount, Turner, Lusk. . / . . 



USO Explains Overseas Routing 

" Recent news items about USO-C'amp Shows units.' being ordered, olit' 
of Paris and up Jo front lilies by the Army have disturbed Camp Shows', 
New York' officials. . who see in despatches the unfair inference 
. that these units were in. the French capital on their own for a good ; 
time. , Reverse is just the. case, say officials. Army Specidl Services 
having routed the units 'into Paris originally' to '. entertain GIs sta- 
tioned there, then changing/ its mind and sliipping units ■ out when :' 
troops in combat areas complained.' .>'-.'"-./: ; .•" ,•■•., ■'. : ' ■ 
Officials also point put one factor always overlooked 'jn- dispatches- 
about route problems. Routing of units- abroad is exclusively in thf 
hands of Army Special Services. Camp. Shows having no jurisdiction : 
after its units are set to. go. Such questions as the China-Burma- ; 
India routing;, which caused the recent CBI Roundup, flareup, are ex- 
clusively Army transportation matters. .- :,/ . -.'*■' 



Rutland/ Virginia: Morton G. Thal- 
heime.r, Neighborhood '.Theas.,- Rich- 
mond: Washington, D. C.T Al Licht- 
man.- Lincoln Thea., 1212 U street. 
N, W.: Washington: Frank Newman, 
Sr., Evergreen Theas., Seattle; West 
Virginia: Sol sHyrnan, Huntington; 

[ Wisconsin: Harold Fitzgerald;- 1324 

I W. / Wisconsin -avenue, Miiwauk'ee; 

j Wyoming: Thomas Knight, Acme, 

I Riverlon. ■' -. -' . 

j PUBLICITY STATE CHAIRMEN 

Alabama: Bill Wolfson. Wilpy- 
[Kincy -Theatre's, Montgomery; 
/Arizona: A. G. Pickett, Orpheum, 
■Phoenix; Arkansas: Sam Kir by, Mal- 
co Bldg., North Little Rock; Califor- 
nia (Southern): Seymour Peiser, 
Fo 



USO's Overseas Guide 

USO-Camp Shows has put out an 
indoctrinational and informational 
booklet for its entertainers. Called 
"a. guide to the foxhole circuit," the- 
45-page parnphlet is dedicated to all 
shbv./ people who have served their ;. 
country at home and overseas,- / 

Book covers wide range of sub- 
jects and questions likely ..to arise. 
It tells performers what to expect 
overseas, and what Camp ShowS'ex- 
pects of them. Chapters discuss ceTr=~ 
sorship, publicity, clean humor, what, 
to wear and take, medical attention, . 
etc. Booklet is to be carried by tal- 
West Coast. 1609 W. Washington cut wherever they go. ' 



18 



Wednesday, November 8, 1911' 




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Uncle Sam needs more 
ISSUING AGENTS FOR THE SIXTH WAR LOAN! 



y@yr War Ac twines 
Exhibitor Sfrofte Choir 



eospiv if s 



Your theatre is 
the place 
where Bonds can 
be bought eve- 
nings, Sundays and holidays! 
The public is being told in 
every way* "BUY BONDS AT 
YOUR MOVIE THEATRE!" 




folks depend 
on Wu to be an 
IssuiW Agent 
when \hey want 
to buy their War Bokdsf 
Join the ranks of thV thou- 
sands of other patriotic l\uing 
Agents in America! 



^'"'■'• ^V- ' V'O^-.- ■ ■ Sponsored by 
WAR ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE OF MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY 
1501 Broadway, N«w York City 




Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



PICTURES 



19 



Theatre Owners Continue Gripes 
Against Chi Dailies Ad Rationing 



' ' - ' Chicago, Nov. 7. • 

Gripes continue here against news- 
papers by theatre owners, who claim 
they are taking a proportionately 
deeper ad lineage cut than other space 
buyers, and can't see why, even if 
amusements are '•luxury items." One 
of. lite biggest beefs, because of dif- 
ferent methods of rationing used by 
each daily, is that theatres must 
make up four or fiv e different pieces 
o( art work a. day 

Oiie indie operator accuses the Stin 
of giving each Loop theatre a fixed 
quota, regardless of size of house or 
nature 61 attraction, but penalizes 
jfi'die -theatres'-, in favor of big Loop 
circuits. Opening of an ace picture, 
he claims, means thcy-r-get a generous 
share of the amusement allotment. 
After this the theatre can cut down 
to small ads on a long run. 

Big Friday issue of the Times, run- 
ning 50 to 70 pages, is sniped for run- 
ning commercial blurbs of all kinds, 
including eczema eradicalors arid 
dental plates, but sets a 50-line limit 
for every Loop theatre. 'Just one 
full page of the Friday commercial 
lineage turned over to showbiz for 
the opening of nc>\ attractions on 
this day would make everybody 
happy " the exhibitor said 

Traditional bill of divorcement be- 
tween ad and editorial depts., he al- 
leges, has been followed by a recon- 
ciliation with Daily News admen, fol- 
lowing a refusal of a large ad, com- 
ing, ba^ with. "You got a swell 
story break yesterday," 

Herald-American is generally fair 
to theatres, he admitted, but heavily 
biased for night spots. They carry 
more cafe lineage than any other pa- 
per. With a full page or more on Sat- 
urdays. Paper is anxious not to lose 
this edge during the shorj^ge, occa- 
sionally, according to the operator, 
throwing out motion pie and legit ads 
to give the once-a-weck nitery oper- 
ator a break. ;'■ *• 

Tribune, because of good mathe- 
matics, is fairest of all, he said. Daily 
lias all theatres under quota, manag- 
ing to keep ev erybody happy because 
they know enough about showbiz to 
gauge when a theatre needs space: 

Greatest, difficulty is that all dailies 
are apt to throw out* an ad a few- 
hours before deadline, or may ask for 
a smaller one. This gives the adver- 
tiser no time to make up new copy, 
leaving a healthy crop of "This space 
reserved for — — ," in first edi- 
tions, or a collection of botched lay- 
outs due to last-minute butchering to 
cut lineage, 



Found— Wooden Leg 

Probably the oddest item ever 
to reach the Lost and Found De- 
partment of a theatre is the 
wooden leg that's awaiting a 
caller at the Albee, Brooklyn.. 

Though found in the house a 
week ago, no one has appeared 
to claim 4he artificial gam. 



BACHER GUIDES NEW 
REWRITE ON 'VOYAGE' 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
....'. Script on ''Bon Voyage" went back 
to the 20th -Fox writing mill for a 
complete rewrite job i-nder general 
t supervision of William Bacher, pro- 
ducer. :.' 

• Production of the film was. sus- 
pended wheit Lee Strassberg retired 
from the director chore after seven 
days of shooting. ' ■ V < . 



U Fights Cummings 
Case in Appeals Court 

. . Los Angcjes, Nov. 7. 

Universal will carry its legal bat- 
tle with Robert Cummings to the 
L'. S. cii'ciii it court . of appeals,, fol- 
lowing a denial of its appear for 
a new trial' by Judge Harry Hollzer 
in Federal Court. - , .. : 

Cummings has brought suit against 
Universal, on the .claim that his 
suspension by the studio, - after his 
refusal to appear in a picture, con- 
stituted an abrogation of. riis con- 
tract. Court -upheld. his claim. 



Grable Will Be Only 
Star in 'Dolly Sisters' 

; ' Hollywood, Nov. 7 

Betty Guiblc draws lone star bill- 
ing, with .June Haver as a featured 
player, in "The Dollv Sisters" at 
20th-Fox. ■-. 
Original plan called for. Alice 
faye to co-star as the other .sister, 
but Miss Faye declined to emerge 
from domestic retirement..' •• / 



Marin's RKO Pair 

• ■' - : Hollywood. Nov, 7. 
.Win L.. Marin inked a director 
ticket at RKO calling for two pic- 
tures annually in the next two years. 
. First of the. '.four, will be the 
George Raft starrer,, "Johnny Angel." 



'Short Throw' For 
Theatre Tele 



Possibility that television in the 
theatre may depend on short 
"throw" of the telecast image is 
being closely watched by Trans-Lux, 
because of its patented rear-screen 
projection. T-L feels that it will 
fit in closely, on the television picture 
also because of the reported close 
contact with General Electric and 
current distribution deal with Radio 
Corp. of America. RCA now sells' 
Trans-Lux rear-screen projection 
setup along with National Theatre 
Supply, and likely would be in- 
terested in anything that would fa- 
cilitate practical television in the 
theatre. . ■""*■':"' . .' J.'";' ' ■ ; -'.'••. ■■. 

Trans-Lux officials are reportedly 
convinced that the current setup On 
11 gilt rays of tele by RCA, GE and 
nearly all television systems except- 
ing Scophony (.which uses an arc 
and projection , machine) make a 
short throw for tele in theatres al- 
most prerequisite. 

Many new theatres, with numer- 
ous of them to be bandbox Opera- 
tions, are expected by company 
executives soon after the war ends 
because orders for such rear-screen 
projection have piled up. Whether 
they Will be installed because of 
television possibilities or not is' not 
known, but exhibitors have been 
evidencing great interest in such 
small theatre structures because of 
opportunity to start operating as 
television theatres. Actual screen 
time would constitute only about 
25*;.'. of screen time, but they would 
have regular telecast shows daily. 



One for the Home Team 

" Hollywood, Nov. v. 

George Brent, under contract to 
International for nearly a year; will 
play his first role for that company 
as.cOrstar with Ciaudette Colbert in 
"Tomorrow Is Forever." 

Filming starts in February, with 
Irving Pichel directing aiid. David 
Lewis directing. 



Sam Dembow Into Indie 
Prod. With Eddie Golden 

Sam Dembow, Jr., v.p. of Para- 
mount Theatres Service Corp. in 
charge of operations in the northern 
tier of states under Leonard H. Gold- 
enson. v.p. of Par Pictures, Inc.. has 
Resigned, effective Dec. 1, to become 
president of a new company Edward 
A. Golden is setting up to be known 
as Golden Productions, Inc. Golden 
and his son. Robert S. Golden, with 
whom Dembow will be associated in 
the new organization, produced- "Hit- 
ler's Children" for RKO a couple 
seasons back and more recently "The 
Master Race," which has just gone 
into release. Dembow is among the 
Goldens' ' backers since "Hitler's 
Children." - ■' . 

Edward L. Hymun. exec assistant 
to Dembow at the Par homeoffice, 
will succeed latter, while Max Fel- 
lermari, for years a buying exec for 
RKO. will succeed to Hyman's pres- 
ent post. Prior to joining Par in 
March.. 1941, Hyman was associated 
with Earl Hudson irt the operation 
of the United Detroit Theatres chain. 
: Dembow, who previously had been 
a Par theatre exec, subsequently go- 
ing to National Screen and Fanchon 
& Marco, rejoined Par /in present 
capacity in 1939, 



Katcher Vice Nathanson 
As Goldwyn's Eastern P.A. 

I«o Katcher. of :the eastern pub- 
lic : ty : d e pa rt nien t of Vanguard Pro- 
ductions (Selznick), resigned to be- 
come eastern advertising a'nd pub- 
■I icily director 1 for Samuel Goldwyn-, 

He; succeeds Mort Nathanson. re 1 
signed. Claude Morris. United Art- 
ists exploiteer stationed, in Chicago, 
will. also join 'Goldwyn with Katcher. 
as eastern, exploitation .rep. » 

. : , SNOOPER FOR BLAIR 

Hollywood! Nov. 7. 
Addition of "Scotland Yard in- 
vestigator" to George Blair's prodtic-'| 
t i on program at Republic makes a 
total of four. 

•. .Others . On his shooting, schedule 
are "Gangs of the Waterrront,"'"Gay 
Blades" and ' Reservations for Two." 



On-the-Spot Tele Coverage Sure To 
Give Newsreels Postwar Facelift 



N.Y. Stanley Mgr/s $250 
Fine Proves Fire Dept. 
Serious on Enforcement 

The arrest of David Fine, manager 
of the Stanley, N. Y. which spe- 
cializes in Russian-mades, and sub- 
sequent fine of $250 in lieu of a 30- 
day jail sentence, does not cue a 
general thoughening-up by the Fire 
Dpt., but pointed out it serves to 
emphasize a vigilance against over- 
crowding of film theatres which is 
not being relaxed. Understood that 
the Stanley violation was one of the 
most flagrant of its kind to come to 
notice in a long time. 

Ever since the Cocoahut Grove 
nilery fire in Boston, the N. Y, Fire 
Dept. has been keeping a careful 
check on theatres throughout,, the 
city, with firemen on daily duty in 
many of the larger houses regularly. 
In addition, quite frequently Fire 
Dept. inspectors visit theatres, espe- 
cially, when big business is being 
done, to see that they are not being 
too crowded with standees. Among 
latter none are permitted to- stand 
on staircases, which was included in 
the charge against the Stanley man- 
ager • " 

Recognizing that the Fire Dept. 
and Mayor F. H.. LaGuardia mean 
business with respect to the fire 
laws, managers generally are ex- 
tremely careful to see that they are 
lived up to as contrasted with previ- 
ous years. During the recent three- 
week engagement of Frank Sinatra 
at the Paramount, N. Y., the man- 
agement permitted fewer standees in 
lobby and elsewhere than on prior 
occasions because of probable dif- 
ficulty in handling the unruly Sina- 
tra followers, who were drawn to 
the house, in event fire broke out. 

THANKSGIVING POSES 
PROBLEMS FOR EXHIBS 

Distributors are shaping availabil- 
ities, on pictures in line with the 
dates . on which the Thanksgiving 
holiday is being observed in the va- 
rious states this year, with bookers 
in the various territories acting ac- 
cordingly in setting up engagements. 

Although President Roosevelt has 
decreed an earlier Thanksgiving 
(second from last Thursday of the 
month) as. in former years, in-order 
to lengthen the period between this 
holiday and Christmas, eight slates 
.will observe Turkey Day on Thurs- 
day (30) instead. These are Florida, 
Idaho. Kentucky. Montana. Nebras- 
ka, Tennessee. Texas and Virginia. 
In the District of Columbia it will 
be Nov. 23. 

However, two at the states— Ar- 
kansas and Georgia— have decided to 
observe Thanksgiving on both Nov. 
23 and 30, same as various states 
have done in the past. 



WBY 'Objective' 

Warner production and pub- 
licity execs are in a dither since 
Gen.. Joseph Stilwell, who was 
recalled from the .Chinese* 
Burma-India theatre of opera- 
tions last week, is the hero of 
their forthcoming picture, "Ob- 
jective Burma." ;:'■;'' '.'',; 

WBcrs'are crossing their fin- 
gers, hoping that "Vinegar Joe'.' 
is ;«of '. given an inconspicuous 
assignment thai will keep him 
out of the public eye. , 



M-Fox's 30th 
Anni Due Soon 



Twentieth-Fox has plans in work, 
though in a more or less preliminary 
state so far, for a 30th anniversary 
celebration shortly after the 1st of 
the year. ■•■ •■\'. r ' : '..'.. 

" While the week of Feb. 18 has 
been tentatively discussed for the 
anni of the company whici) origi- 
nally was Fox Films, founded ; by 
William Fox, a later date may be 
ultimately decided upon, depending 
on the time required for prepara- 
tion, according to Tom Connors, v.p. 
in charge of distribution for 20th.' 

Numerous proposals have been 
made in connection with sates and 
other angles in connection with cele- 
bration of a 30tli anniversary, but as 
yet the various recommendations are 

also tentative. 



U.S. AVOIDS FREELANCE 
WAGE STABILIZATION 

Hollywood,. Nov. 7. 

Treasury Department is dropping 
the proposal for new salary stabili- 
zation rules on studio freelance 
deals, following protests from play- 
ers and producers alika that the pro- 
posed regulations would seriously 
interfere with the casting of pictures 
and tend to lower salaries generally 
for all actors. Instead, the Govern- 
ment is sending two of its stabiliza- 
tion men here to work-out another 
plan with an industry committee. 

Proposed regulations would have 
required prior Treasury approval on 
all freelance deals calling for more 
than $1,000 weekly. Salary hikes of 
more than 20% would have been 
prohibited without prior approval, 
although the player might have been 
working in a training film before 
signing a new picture deal. Pro- 
ducers declared it would have af- 
fected all freelance deals except 
those in the low' brackets. 



WB Points New Trio At 
Turkey and Santa Dates 

Warner Bros, is pointing three of 
its new season's releases for Thanks-, 
giving and Christmas bookings, frith, 
around 580 first-run dates on these 
holidays set during the past week. 

Over Thanksgiving "Very Thought 
of You" and "Doughgirls" will open 
in approximately 200 dates each. 
"Canteen." print of which arrived 
in the cast a couple weeks ago. is 
scheduled for around 180 engage- 
ments for Xlnas and New Year's, 
including openings Dec. 22 at the 
N; Y, Strand, and in Warners; thiee 
Los Angeles, houses. 'Canteen" is 
for Dec. 31 release. 



Three Men on Horse' 
Gallops Again at WB 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Alex Gottlieb Was handed the pro- 
duction chore on the remake of 
"Three Men on a Horse" at Warners. 
Picture, based on the old John Cecil 
Holm-George Abbott play, was last 
filmed in 1936. . 

Assignment is the eighth on Gott- 
lieb's production program. Others 
are "Cinderella. Jones," "Hollywood 
Canteen,"' and "Men With Destiny;' 
now editing; "Pillar to Post," in 
work, and "Deep Valley." "Danger- 
ous Marriage" and "Jnnie. Gets 
Married." in the writing mill. '■ 



Great expansion in newsreel thea- 
tre operations, particularly houses 
equipped with inexpensive television 
equipment, looms postwar, according 
to trade accounts. Coincidental with 
this theatre growth will be an 
equally vast newsreel development. 
The advance of the newsreel cinema, 
while tied directly with the b.o. pos- 
sibilities of television, is expected to 
carry the newsreels. previously al- 
most an entirely neglected produc- 
tion branch, into their greatest ex- 
pansion in five or six yeai's. '„ 

Industry experts foresee newsreel 
theatres of the future with stream- 
lined tele receiving sets and wide 
screens to show the latest big news, 
sports and other events. These video 
programs will be spotted In between 
usual shorts and newsreel clips pro- 
jected from film. More enterprising 
newsreel theatre operators already 
are planning their television-film 
alignment, with the likelihood that 
they ma.y call their houses "tele- 
vision theatres" rather : than news- 
reel theatres, even though only, a 
small percentage of program time 
would go to telecasts. " ' 

Future newsreel production setup 
calls for two separate departments 
for most American reels. One would, 
be entirely for television, with crews 
sent out to televize news and sports 
events. Possibly half of the crew 
would be assigned to photograph tne 
event being telecast, with this foot- 
age being used for post event tele- 
casts. Thiis. the newsreel outfit 
would be able tQ supply a televized 
event on film to ah exhibitor who 
could spot the event on a theatre 
program whenever running time al- 
lowed. The on-the-spot story cap- 
tured by the tele crew would be sent 
direct; to theatres for projection on 
the screen at once. 

The film story also would be used 
in the regular twice-weekly newsreel 
release. Latter would differ from . 
present newsreels in that most oi it 
would cover only outstanding events, 
interpreted editorially, via special 
narrator, maps, diagrams and library 
material. This would differ little 
from editorial features in the dairy 
papers. Both Pathe' and News of Day 
have experimented With this type of 
news treatment, with both said to be 
sold oil the idea as the newsreel of 
the future. ' . '- 



SEVEN ON PRODUCTION 
LINE IN 20TH FLURRY 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Top production speed for 1944 will 
be achieved at 20th-Fox this week 
with the start Of the Laurel-Hardy 
feature, "The Bullfighters," making 
a total of seven in work. ' - 

Others before the cameras are "A 
Bell for Adano." "A Royal Scandal." 
"Molly. Bless Her," "Circumstantial 
Evidence," "Diamond Horseshoe" 
and "Where Do We Go From Here?" 



Pioneers Fete This Year 
To Spotlight Vet Exhibs 

- .- '■ Picture: Pioneers ..dinner this year j 
at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. N. Y.. 
is dedicated to motion pictuic ex- 
hibitors, v;/ 
. Invitations have been sent to thea- 
tre owners throughout the V. S. 
who are known to have beeii in the 
industry 25>years or more. Plans 
are Under consideration to. present a 
special Picture Pioneers Award to 
the theatre owner with the greatest 
number of years in the Industry, ., 



2 Loew's Employees In 
Memphis Get 8 Yrs. Each j 

:;- Memphis. Nov. 7. • 
' , Jack, Klinck and Dick Covington, 
former assistant manager and chief 
of service respectively at Loew's 
State here,,- pleaded guilty in crim- 
inal .court last week to charges of 
stealing $7,210.25 -from the theatre. 
Judge Kinkle sentenced them tb 
eight years each ... 

The pair disappeared July 3 with 
funds intended for/deposit in. a local 
fawik, They .were arrested' last 
month in San. Francisco. • '*;•';' 



U Ups M. B. Cox 

.1.. Hollywood. Nov. i. 

Morgan B. Cox. associate producer 
at Universal,; was tipped to- a- new 
post as supervisor of serials.. . 
'First clifThangcr assignment under 
the new title is "The Master Key." 



Film Carriers Figure 
The Worst's Over Now 

Operating wide, extreme difficul- 
ties for, some time, but managing 
against odds to properly /service ac- 
counts, film delivery companies 
throughout, the country; are expect- 
ing that the situation will case up 
considerably from now on, accord- 
ing to Clinton Wcycr, secretary of 
the National Film Carriers Assn., 
now in N. Y.. following a tour of 
various exchange points. : :'-. 

While Government agencies have 
sought to lend ever;/ possible aid to 
film delivery services, aird-' if has 
been pos,siblc to keep trucks in suf- 
ficient repair to meet requirements, 
considerable, trouble has been ex- 
perienced in connection with tires. 
This ha been especially true of 
heavier trucks. Wcyer points! out, ; 
since , the , synthetic - rubber has not 
been able to stand the strain so well. 

At one time recently, the National- 
Film Carriers executive pointed out; 
•it was necessary to dip into the 10% 
reserve on rubber that had been 
built up -carefully by the delivery 
services and feared that proper de- 
liveries and pickups might be in- 
terfered' with, but it now appears 
that this danger has passed, Wcycr 
adds, . ' .-. ■': . 

Delivery companies have been op- 
erating on five-day rather full-week 
schedules right along with a view to 
conserving equipment, : 



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PICTURES 



..Wrtlnralay, November «, 19U 



Bill Boyd Voted lop Western Star^ASSSs 



Thunder Best Hoss in Broncos' Race 



Hollywood. Nov. 7 ♦ 

Bill Bovd was declaimed the best 
western leading man. "BurtalO Bill" 
.the best we-stnn picture, ana T'-,m- 
. clc-t- the best western horse ol W44 . 
at ti.e first roundup oi the Western I 
Motion Pictures: Association, held in I 
Hollywood. Bowl','. These .and other ! 
wi-miei s oi a . pomilat vole. by film 
fclfts of Southern .Cahfowiia, were 
aw,."u : ded "<B oncos "' 01 equine "Os- : 
cars." The. ceremonies wore held 
without the. blessing of . the Aead- 
eriv ol Motion Picture Arts • and , 
Silences or 'he major studios, Tol- ( 
lh'Wuig |v the winning list > 

Top '• Western Leading- Man Bill 
Boyd: with Bill JJUiolt second, belli •. 
gken awards;, • 

Top . v . Western Leading Woman: j. 
Dale Evans. .. . 

Top Western. ■ Juvenile. Piayer. : 
Donine- Stewart ■ ■: 

Top • All-around Cowboy: Roy 
Rogers, with. Johnny Mack Brown -' 
second, both given a wa rds. ; 1 

Top Western Film: "Buffalo Bill. ■ 
produced by Harry Sherman for 
20lh-Fox release. 

Top: Western Director: . Robert 

Tansey.- • , ' 

' Top Western Horse: Thunder, 

owned by Bill. Elliott. ' ' \ - • 
Top . Western Song: "Pistol. Packm 

Mama." by Al, Dexter 
Top Western Band: Spade Cooley. 

-.vit.h Jimmie Wakeiy second, and 

Painted Post Rangers third. 



LOCAL 306 PREZ RAN 
FOR B'KLYN ASSEMBLY 

.-; Thoush lyis cii.- Hccs 
wise not i ogaracd in . 
'■pallot-eouhtihg. "yesterday 
vhv fisvontbie', ]h-rm. n Civx. 
DicMdefit ol Loeal :i06. Moving PlC- 
4 ure Machine Operators of. .\\ Y 
a. candidate- for. olfiee of a/serri-. 
blvman fioin the 191h Assembly dis- 
trict in Brooklyn, where he lives- 
lie ran oh the American Labor 
Party ticket., •' ' - '■ -.; 

Cr'.bi i had the .endorsement ol 
his own union, the AFL. N. Y. State 
Federation of Labor, the Central 
Ti.icies & Labor .CqfciJcli -and Mayor 
F. H LaGUardia. However, his op. 
.pp-aioii .was given the. odds to wm. 

For close to. a. quarter of a ceiir 
tury a member of Local 306. the 
largest in the 1ATSE. Gelber had 
the backing ol his own union to the 
extent it donated * 1.000 to his cam- 
paign fund 



Wallis' Par Sked 

'According to Plan' 



Hollywood. Nov. 7. 
Hal B. Wallis is well ahead of his 
schedule for the production of four 
Special awards , were handed Wil- ! pictures ! during 'his first year sJ 



Dissatisfied, with the altitude of 
RKO in connection with wage scale 
ajscussions -Under, negotiations for 
a contract covering managerial help 
lni : :41 :' Greater: N. Y. theatres of the 
c'ompaiiv, the Motion Picture Theatre 
Operating Managers ;&:. Assistants 
Guild -o.is decided to press its de- 
mands on salary minimum today 
of wmii ngr ' Wi^iw'sdaVl before the X Y. State 
advance -of Boaid- of Mediation. - 
i'T.u'cs l as i This .step follows, a meet ing - last 
: ..week withRKO executives at which 
! latter refused to consider minimum 
lot S>1 13 tor-manager and ST 5 for-asr 
■ s ist aiHS. emm te ring' w i \h\ an '■ oiler of 
| SR5 tor the. former and S.37.50 for 
| the U-i'er. based-, aceording to the 
i homeoll'ice Kfpjipi upon a survey 
I. which the coippany made of salaries 
of' ' managers, and- assistants ' of. all 
cii-euits in' -the. Greater N. Y. zone. 
According to spokesman for the 
MPTOM&AG. their niembers arc not 
interested in . how underpaid are 
some of the managerial help of other 
circuits ltotahly most of the inde- 
pendents; In fact, it- is pointed out. 
the managers of. oti-ier" circuits are 
tlnemseh-es ihtcrested. in unibnizing 
i.n ; order.,' to : increase: wages and 
shorten hours. 

,.: While .the RKO mahager.s' guild 
is demanding a 40-hour week. RKO 
"bis set up what it .thinks is the 
proper Time to be put in. being 58' 
hours, with time out . for lunch, and 
dinner to be deductible. ' -•• 



liam O'SuiliVaii. . of Republic, for 
producing consistehUy hi eh quality 
westerns, and to Mrs. Hal Hart, as 
the outstanding western yodeler. 



SWIFT & CO/S $100,000 
COMMERCIAL FILM 

■ . .Chicago. Nov. 7. 
Initial scenes of one, of the most 

. elaborate advertising .films to be pro- 
duced in several years are being 
shot in and around the stockyards 
here, under, the direction, of Donald 
Slesmger 

Tentatively titled "Red Wagon., 
the film, being photographed, in col- 
or, will trace the .history and prog- 
ress of -Swift & Co., packers, -and 
will be shown among the company s 
employees and perhaps to the public 
early next year. Balance ol picture 

• will be: made in Hollywood, with 
plans for a stiir cast. Opus will cost 
between $100,000 and $150,000. 

T^lady' Better Hurry, 



Paramount. His independent unit 
organized in' September, currently 
has two features. "The Love Letters" 
arid "The Affairs of Susan." in work 
and scleral days ahead of the pre- 
scribed paee 

Readying for a January getaway is 
"Don't Ever Grieve. Me,'' to be fol- 
lowed, in April by ' Whenever i Re- 
member," destined for production in 
England with plenty of time for 
■completion in September. .' :'- ■' 




Con, Film's 3d Quarter 
Net Profit Oyer Last Yr. 

Consolidated Film Industries. Inc. 
(■Republic) net profit for third quar- 
ter ended last Sept. SO increased 
more than $56,000 over comparable 
quarter in 1943. Net profit, after all 
charges and Federal normal aiid sur- 
taxes, amounted to $278,121 a> 
against $221,524 in the- three months 
ending in September a year ago. 
This is equal to 15c on the common 
compared with only -te shown in the 
i third quarter of 1943. and is after 
i providing 50c on the preferred 
| shares in both cases. 

Consolidated'^ net profit before 



Metros Midyear Sales 
Meeting iaCiiicy Nov. 16 

A mid-season sales meeting, • eus- 
tomary- at around this time of trie 
year tor the company, will be held 
by Metro in Cincinnati over a four- 
day period starting Thursday il61, 
with William F. Rodgers, v.p. . >.i 
charge of distribution, conducting the 
sessions. Meeting will concern, itself 
with general sales matters, problems, 
policy and .plans for the immediate 
future in connection with forth- 
coming releases: ' ,: 
- Total of 26 homcofl'ice and field 
sales' executives. . including, all di- 
vision and district managers, will at- 
tend.- In addition to Rodgers. group 
from the homeoffiee will' include 
E. K. <.Ted> O'Shea and John E. 
Flynn, division managers: Howara 
DietZ, v.p. in charge of publicity, ad- 
vertising . . and; exploitation; Eddie 
Aaron, circuit- sales head; Alah F. 
Cummings, : in charge of. exchange 
operations: Harold Postman, assistant 
to Cummings; H. M. Richey. director 
of exhibitor relations; Walter Brooks, 
assistant to Richey: Ben MelnlKer, 
h.o. attorney, and others;. ' ; 



Ian Fleet Is About Gonei Federai tax provision totalled $479 

jnp. .l,iyvi 1,520. eoi 



Hollywood. Nov- 7 
Completion of "Fighting Lady" at 
20th-Fox is being rushed to cash in 
on recent naval victories in Philip- 
pine waters. 

Picture is a documentary story of 
an airplane carrier! filmed ..Willi 
naval cooperation iri.the Pacific .bat- 
tlf zone. It is slated for release in 
about 10 days. . 



'Yearling' Works Up 
Fresh Gallop at M-G 

Hollywood. Nov 7. 
Metro's interrupted horse picture, 
"The Yearling." will resume gallop- 



520. corporation estimating its. pro- 
vision for Federal taxes to be $201.- 
398 for the third quarter this year. 
Consolidated . showed 400.000 pre- 
ferred shares outstanding and 524.973 
common shares.- 



New Back Lot Union 



Hollywood. Nov. 7. 
...New alliance of studio back lot 
unions is; in formation . here, with 
Carl Cooper, head of the Los An- 
geles stagehands, as organization 
chairman, and Joseph Tuohy, busi- 
lisss .representative of the studio 
teamsters, as secretary.- ' . 
-Organization, formed for codijera- 
mg next spring, after three years m;- tion ift the handling- of iui isciiciional 

.....II. ID, „1 ii - il I K*v m'jnfi n, I , " r ™ 

and other labor problems, will- be 



the stall. Picture wil! be marie in 
Technicolor, with Sidney Franklin 
producing. 

. Studio is hunting a moppet to re-' 
place Gene ;:Eck man. who has out- 
grown the role since production was 
halted on the film in 1941.. ■ 



Lester's Sport Shorts 

Hollywood. Nov. '7. 

Stars in several sports have: been 
signed by Gene Lester for a series 
of short subjects, to be filmed in 
Technicolor for major release. Pro- 
ducer, is conferring with RKO. on a 
disti'ibuUon deal. 

First sport will be swimni'ug, with 
Judy Cook as topper. Second covers 
tennis.. With Bill Tilclen and Mcr-- 
cedes Marlowe as .stars. •:■•-'.'--'■ ';..' • 



composed £i four IATSE locals and 
five crafts from the Studio Basic 
.Agreement. 



'Sunshine Slim' Rides 

Hollywood. Nov 7 
Harrv Sherman is sacldl ins. another 
scries of gallopers in addilipn to the 
William Boyd "Hopalong. ; Cassidy" 
starrers. ; ,. '■ ' -" '7 

/New buckaroo characlcr will .be 
known as Sunshine Slim, 'whose .pulp 
mag adventures will, be scripted for 
.the screen by Charles Chesebro. 



Just the Right Fit 

' Holly«oori. Nov. 7 
Adele Jurgens, who Ms.-, snugly 
in to has em rompers, dra ws the 
f em me' sta-iv spot in. fA' Thousahd. and 
One Nights,'' Columbia's forthcoming 
fantasy, based roughly on Burton's 
(ales ot ancient Arabia." .. 
. Picture will be directed bv Alfred 
Gieen with 314 sets, the largest num- 
ber ever utilized' for one film on the 
Columbia. Ibl. ; . ' -': : , 

UP ON THE BANDWAGON 

• * •-.■', Hollywood, Nov 7. 
, Fred MacMurray. eurrently wasli- 
ing up- 1 "Where Do We .Go From 
■Hcre?"-at 20th -Fox. draws- top male 
role Hi "The Bandwagon,*' to l?e 
produced by William Per'lberg and 
directed by Gregory Ratofl'. '-. '' ; :■' 

■ Filming stai'fs- after ■ MacMurray 
plays the Eddie Rickenbacker role 
in "First, Last and Always/*" 



Hillbilly Jamboree Good 
Hypo to 'Barn Dance' 

Impressed with the results- ob- 
tained at the St. George, Stapleton. 
S. I., a Fabian-operated house, which 
put on a hillbilly .iamboree last week 
in connection with the. Paramount 
picture. "National Barn . Dance, ' 
Paramount has prepared a detailed 
campaign in connection with this 
idea and urges that all its accounts 
put on a similar in-person show. 

Stunt was worked out. for- the 
Staten Island house by its; publicity 
director-. Edgar Goth, who in his ads 
devoted more display space to trie 
staf ebiil than to the picture as , an 
attentaon-attracter. • 

Par -■■advises accounts playing "Bai n 
Daiicc'' that if their theatre does not 
have suitable stage facilities they try 
to effect a ■ tieup with a local radio' 
station by having latter aj-r a hill- 
billy jamboree program,' with stars ot 
the progs am. making a personal ap- 
pearance at the theatre.. 



My Writes a Letter 

■ By Joe Laurie, Jr. 

>♦< * * i * 4 * « ♦ ♦<♦♦■♦♦♦♦♦♦ t * 4 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦4- 

Coolacies, Cal. -V\ 

Dt>ai- Joe: .. . '.' ,, 

: Me- and-.Ag^i^hayje;-.!)een:*eadink''.fbr ;l'h6 .past few years that our pal..' - 
George Jessel is gonna produce a picture based toil the, lives of the Dolly .-. 
SiStets, whose light monicker was Deutcli. . Well, it kmda gave us a big 
laugh- to recall the time we used, to play vaudeville with the sister acts., 

Brother^ ev.efy 'wife 'would <vatc(V the husbaiid and every gal partner 
>vould \,' itch --t.lv; boy partner. The sister act would usually .get 'the best 
drcssingrpom. regardless of spot , on the bill, especially in small -towns, 
where the malinger was a wolf.- The orchestra -and stagehands would, cater. ■■': 
to them--ihey aJv>^ys; appeared so helplessi . They'd get away with excess- 
'Ofl the, baggageman, and the clerk in the hotels would give them 'a 
good ra l ' > , Tney. were always a lot ot- laughs,, giving the town yokels a 
play but- winking at their fellow arUsts all the time. Altogether, I'd: say 
they were swell kids and. knew what it was all about and, after all,- gals'- 
must livc'i And that's how- the bookers and the agents .figured, too.' All 
aiidicn.ce.s would rather see a ' mediocre sister act than a fair brother act. ' 
The women out ^iront would sit and._either pan their hair-do or their- 
clothes, or maybe copy 'em. Their age was always a mystery and there., 
were plenty of mother; and daughters palmed off as sister acts. ■ V 

Atiywa;.', :< lot of names came rushing to mind. There weren't very 
many topnotch comedy sister acts— you could almost count 'em on on'e 
hajid. . Nicnoil Sisters (first two-women blackface act ). Elihore Sisters - . 
i who w'jrkec ala '.Russell Bios, >. The Watson Sisters (who are still, going 
slrong as are Me° and Ann Clark (Mrs. Water house). I can't recall in--"- 
other oufslaneting soeko. sister, act (1 know I got my neck out).- ... 

Then, of course, there were the regular sister teams, dancing arid a bit 
■ of .singirt.4 and plenty of clothes-horsing. The Dollys were -tops' in that . 
class, alvhouglr there - Were- plenty class teams. Cameron Sisters, Bai-d. ■ 
Twins, Milfe-ship Sisters, Melonette Girls, Fairbank Twins, Mabel and 
Dora Ford weie plenty class arid talent along with De Long Sisters, White 
Sisters, Altrccah Sisters. Oakland Sisters. Lovenberg Girls, Stewart Sis- 
ters, Lorraine Sister.-, De Wolff Sisters, Julia and Josey Rooney; Skelly . 
Sisters and the Crisp gals. Some of 'em even threw in a piano for good 
measure and din leally good singing. ' Tops in that class were the Ponselle 
Sisters— Rosa later became a fine "Carmen" at the Metropolitan Opera 
House. Comtncy Sisters were the first of the harmonizing acts. then.', 
came the unforgettable Duncans, Keller Sisters (& Lynch) 3 O'Connor 
Sisters, 3 X. Sifters and the McCarthy Sisters. Not forgetting the Four 
Haleys, Kotms. Campbells.' Constance and Irene Farber, Wiltons, TriTC - 
Sisters, Temijcst and Sunshine. ' ' . • 

••'«: v .' : ; Dumb Acts . ,'- >■ 

: There were plenty great "dumb act" sisters, if you know what I mean. 
I don t mean they picked up their own check in a restaurant— they -just 
aiant s:r.g. dance or gab. LeiUel Sisters, great aerial act (Lillian became 
best in t,.e woi Id before she went "upstairs"). Other swell aerial acts 
were the Au;iii, and Alfretti Sisters. -RemengDer the Curzons and the - 
Lunettes, tne Hymg Butterflys with aH-kinds of colors on em while they 
swung m the air with their teeth (I hope it was their teeth)? Then there . 
were ths- Bennett 'Sisters, who did a wrestling act. and the Wostons, wild 
.sang German songs, and boxed. El Rey Sisters did a skating act, Smilette 
Sisters did a contortion act. Three Athletas tone of 'em was Ann Codce) 
aid a fine acrobatic act. Maude and Gladys Finney were' billed as The 
Mermaids and c;id a diving turn, loleen Sisters did a wire act, so did 
UMeer Sistci s. 3 Rooney Sisters, and the Jordan Girls. There were 
aerial sister ect, l:ke Baizers, 3 Dareing Sisters. Austin Sisters, and . plenty 
acrobats like Three Sisters Kloss, Rubin Sisters, Gasch Sisters, 3. Farr'ell" 
Sisters and ■'lit Da-noise Sisters. ' ".'-. 

Another s-.-ell-comedy, singing.-dancing act was tlie Lee kids,- '.lane and 
Katlierine. They sure could stop • shows. . Of the sketch-artist sister 'acts I 
can only recall -iwc. Bessie and Harriet Rempel and Vivian and Genevieve 
Tobin: '.■-..,,.'•■:■■, .-:-. ,. - V -. ;.-'■•. - - . 

The. !e?it had plenty oi.-sistef acts, if you can call 'em thai. Many of . 
them; wore in the same companies.; Usually the one that' hit tops would 
get th; other a bit- part or a dvance at a small part. Sometimes the 
youngster vould beat out the veteran. Maxine Elliott was already estab- 
lished wheiv her sister Gertie made her start, Kate' Terry was- the toast 
of London when Ellen came here and topped her popularity. Lillian 
Russell's siMer. Suzanne Westford,' wasn't as -pretty as Lillian- and didn't 
get very .far.. .Blanche Ring and sister Julia both did swell. Bessie and 
Nelne McCoy d.c- an act. and when they split Bessie became a sensation;' 
Remem.j"!- her "Yama Yama Man?" Irwin Sisters (Flo and 'Mayr did a 
sister ict for Touy Pastor. Of course. May became the greatest of all lady' 
comics, F!o.t.:.ok diit -the road companies. Edith and: Mabel Taliaferro both 
did fine. Rose and Nellie Beaumont were with Weber and Fields and did 
very well when . they split. You heard of Tetrazzini, but few people heard 
of her sister.- Signora' Cleofinte Campanari. who was also a fine singer but 
couldn't overcome- Tctrazzini's lead.- , . - •;•.,--' • , 

There were hui.dreds of acf.s that are listed as sister acts, but they; were 
really "two-women" acts. Remember when Charlotte Greenwood did jn 
act with Eunice - Burn-ham?- Then there was Janet Adair and ■ Emma 
Adelphi, Bobbie Adaiijs and Jewel Barnett, Black and White, Conroy and 
Howard, Howard arid Sadler. Jna Haywarci and Dora Maughn, Moody and 
Duncan, and Bivnard and Henry. I Could name dozens of more sister 
acts like The Bi'oxi Bennington, 3. Burns- Gills," Creightoii Sisters, Dale 
Sisters. GieiTTlor Sisters, Harrington Sisters. Ethel and Emma Hopkin;, 
KirksmiMi Sisteis. McConnel] Sisters. LaTour Sisters, King Sisters, Morin 
Sisters. Maiemiur Sisters. Arlington Sisters < who did the "first mirror dance 
way back; in 1894). Plenty sister acts, some still going, I guess; some broken 
up: some gone . "-upstairs. ' " 

But there', was one "sister 'act'' that ' stuck: together -through thick and 
thin,- :.aua' never even dreamed of splitting. The Siamese Twins, Daisv 
and Violet Hilton; >.■''-' .-v 1 '.- ' Sez . - - : - 

■:. : . ■ -.-•'■>'-' V-i\ •'-;;:-'' -"i-; ■- •', /•■ ; -.;■■ x.<-j<y. 



Small's Trio Prepping 

..' ."'. Hollywood. Nov. 7. 
. . Ed \va i'd Small has, three produc- 
tions lined up for early shooting, 
starting m three weeks with "Cag- 
liastro," to be directed by Douglas 
Sirk. 

' following will be "Bella Donna.'" 
a remake, and '•Crime On My 
Hands." based on a story by George 
Sanders, who is also, slated for the 
top' role. ,'.';••; •/ ■:. : T'rt.' ■,, : -' - 



Minnelli's Astaire Pic 

Hollywood. -Nov. 7. ' 
Metro picked Vicente Minnchi to 
handle the director job on ils forth- 
coming musical; "Yolanda a'nrt the 

Thief.-' '::•:.-••:' 

Technicolor production, starring 
Fred Astaire, starts in f.our weeks, 



From White House To Indies Hit by Delays 



The Corner Drugstore 

Hollywood, Nov. 7 
- Alexander Knox shifts from Wil- 
sonian dignity to light- romance in 
"Over .21". at Columbia .where lie 
.plays Irene Dunne's boy friend. 

Film version of the Ruth Gordon 
stage comedy goes into' work about 
the first of December. 



20th Yields to RKO 

. '•''■ Hollywood. Nov.: 7, - . 
, Story of the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, planned for filming 
this winter by 20th-Fox, has. been 
diopped from the production sched- 
ule to avoid conflict with RKO. . '-. 

Similar yam, "F.B.I. in War ,-iiid 
Peace,'' written by Frederick ' Col- 
lins., had been registered previously 
With the Hays office .by Edward A. 
Golden, who will produce it for RKO 
release. 



In Processing Stills 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Shortage ol labor and equipment 
in. processing laboratories is causing 
serious delays in production and, 
publicity -stiUs',r^auired.l)y;indi.g;Rr'o'!-;- : 
ducei-s. In one recent case,- produc- 
tion -was . halt completed before a 
single still was returned from tne; 

liib. ; v. ■:.■ -' ; ':■■/:■ '': .';"' ; ;v : '-'--':'' 

It is a hardship on indie producers 
with; -short shooting .schedule s, out 
the laboratories can't do anything to 
relieve the situation, o . 



Thorpe Directs Hedy 

. . Hollywood, Nov.; 7, - 
Metro assigned Richard Thorpe to 

direct the forthcoming Hedy Luiri hit' 

starrer. "Her Highiicss .arid tiic,.B<'!l- 

ix \ ' at Metro. •" 
Picture gets the gun within. tl.n-'V 

\.ecks, with Joe Pasternak pfixluc-: 

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every resource of your theatre 
and all your ability as a sales- 
man and showman! Open a 
planned campaign with a 
"WAR BOND PREMIERE" — 
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PICTURES 



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Film Reviews 



... Tog«»llii>r Again 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

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,: "TogeUicr Again" Is a well-devised 
-comedy-drama,, liberally sprinkled 
v.'i'li laus-li lines and situations, and" 
: sjiptHjihtihg Irene Dunne, and Charles 
Bo'ver. with major assistance . from 
• CliiVles Coburn. It's top civtei'taiijr 
.went in time with present audience 
requirements,, lor profitable Ilk in 
-jill runs andt holdover candidate for 
the '*ey spots. ■' 
, , Story, developed in broad farcical 
vein, romps along at a good clip and 
.—although at times the script reaehps 
pretty I'm- to generate laughs— it's so 
gVn.eeaJJy crazy-quilt that the over- 
all otl'eet is-far on the credit side in 
entertainment values. Miss Diinne 
. and Buyer competently team: in the 
top spots— she as the pursued ' and 
lie t» the pursuer in the love 'match. 
Ciiburn. elicits for prominent atten- 
tion wilbhis constant conniving and 
manipulations to develop the ro ; 
ruincc for Una I clinch. Mona Free- 
man and newcomer Jerome Court- 
land, scholastic-age pair, carry im- 
portant story responsibilities in great 
style. Young Courtland virtually 
stop« the show, with a sparkling 
puppy love romantic episode with 
Miss Dunne, and shows plenty of 
possibilities for feature buildup!- : < 
Plot is a light affair, displaying 
Rli*< Dunne as the widow of the lor- 
mrfr mayor of a small town in Ver- 
mont, who carries the elective oilice 
on ■.her shoulders as a family obliga- 
tion rather than from choice. She 
goi>s to New York to hire a sculptor 
to make a '.statue of her lale.husband 
for the town square; hires Boyer. is 
mistaken for a strip-tease artist in a 
nightclub while at dinner, and fires 
the sculptor. He. shows up in town 
later to do the job, and carry .liis 
romantic pilches to the mayoress; 
There's the usual complications;- of 
duty vs. love for '..necessary- footage 
until the eventual happy winriup. - 
; Script by Virginia Van Upp, who 
handles the producing chores, 
is studded with, amusing situations 
and lines. Direction by Charles Vi- 
dor is smooth and fast-paced 
throughout, and he neatly polishes 
oif his gags and episodes with finesse, 
. Production, mounting and all tech- 
. tVleal contributions are high calibre/ 
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in favor of war weddings. Miss Do- 
ran, originally advised that her man 
is missing in action, argues that they 
had each other for a short time and 
she lias those memories to look back 
on.. Miss Bondi says she passed /up 
her opportunity at matrimony when 
her guy went off to war "40 years 
ago - ' and she's regretted, it ever since. 

Miss Goddard and Tufts, who 
teamed so well in Sandrich's "So 
Proudly We Hail," are the leads. 
She's okay in the . lighter moments 
but 'hot too convincing in the heavier 
spots. Tufts indicates that he's well 
on his way to b.o. potency, impress- 
ing with ah ingratiating and sincere 
performance that's bound to help 
make him a femme fave. Occasion- 
ally, however, "he overdoes the. self- 
elt'acing approach. Mary Treen. as 
another '-.welder-entertainer, but def- 
initely on the make, and Walter 
Sande, as the dumb sergeant she 
grabs, are good in comedy support. 
Miss Bondi displays her talents sol- 
idly as the spinster, although the role 
itself is on- the schmaltzy side. 

Barry Fitzgerald, as a streetcar 
conductor, is given heavy feature 
billing-, but has comparatively little 
to do; . Nevertheless, he walks away 
with those scenes jn which he docs 
appear. -, 

Sandrieh has given the- picture a 
sturdy production and several amus- 
ing scenes, one localed in an amuse- 
ment park, one in a daneehall and 
one in an attic which Miss Goddard 
converts into, an apartment. But the 
stoi v didn't get enough attention be- 
fore the film went into action. 
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Miniature Reviews 

'fTosethejr Again" (Co! i. Irene 
Dunne and Charles Boyer - in 
sprilely romantic farce for solid 
diverting entertainment. 
: "I l.ove a Soldier" tPari. Dis- 
appointing comedy-drama deal- : 
ing , with war marriages. Stars 
Paulette Goddard, Sonny TttfU. 

"Lights of Old San la »>" 
i Sot)gs i ( Rep ). Roy Ro.ijrs 
should ride to top con his 
latest sagebrusher. . - - 

"Bowery Champs" i One Song ■ 
(Mono ) . Routine dualer- in which 
Bunt Side Kids become news- 
paper reporters. 

"Itelfnquent Daughters" (PRC i. 
Dull juve problem-yam 

"Rustlers' Hideout' (PRCi 
Buster Crabbe rides 'again: to- 
bring the poachers to .justice. 



Schlanger Too Popular, Free Feed's 
Cancelled; Theatres-Exchanges 



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should do okay in the duals, espe- 
cially in spots where the kids retain 
b.o. hypo. : v - '.■■;'•; ,'; ■ 

Leo Goreey is copyboy . on news- 
paper and his pals work on delivery.- 
A nitery owner is bumped otf and 
Evelyn Brent, his , ex-wife,- is sus-. 
peeled. Goreey enlists his pals, hides 
the suspect until it is established 
she's innocent and then aids mate- 
rially in wrapping up Ian Keith and 
Thelma White as the culprits.. 
, Goreey has been written in . for' 
an abundance of gab and footage' in 
this one and stands, up well - under 
the assignment.. The other kids are 
merely fillers. Anne Sterling and 
Jimmy Strand are the romantics as 
m.e.'s sec and police reporter, re- 
spectively. The others do. all right 
by their respective assignments. 
William Beaudine's direction keeps 
things -moving. Ira Morgan's camera 
work, is up to par. '; Edlm. 



Philadelphia. Nov. "-. 
Because the affair was taking on 
such proportions that it threatened 
to ..-interfere seriously with the re- 
cfuest of the Office of Defense Trans- 
portation that unnecessary traveling 
he banned lor the duration, the com- 
mittee, in charge of the dinner . to be 
lendeied Ted Schlanger. Stanley- 
Warner Theatres xone -chief, in. 
March., last week- indetinitely post- 
poned the event, .The affair was to 
have celebrated Sclilanger's 1.0 years 
with the company in llw zone lead- 
eiNhii) post here. 

..- Jay Emanuel, chairman, dinner 
committee, indicated that in .addition 
to indtiiries from Washington. Chi- 
cago and New York, where. Schlang- 
er has held executive posts, inqui- 
ries had come from other cities 
throughout the. country 



cenlly resigned to join Pennsylvania ' 
Enterprises, 

A. C. i Bert i Detwiler. former 
manager Manos ciicuit's - L'atrob* 
houses, into Army after originallv 
being, slated for Navv, 

Buck Smith resigned as manager 
WB'.s Sinoot theatre. Parker.sbura, 
W. Va. • " 

Betty Carroll left Warner circuit"* 
publicity statr. being succeeded bi- 
Harold Robbins. •• •* 



Memphis Salesmen t'ommiitins 

Memphis,.Nov; 7. 
-Housing shortage in Memplris ha» 
developed to a - poiiit , where many 
film salesmen from local exchange 
row are taking homes in their oivfi 
territories some distance from their 
j offices. Bill Kroger, of Paramount, 



Schlanger is a veteran, in both the 
distribution and exhibition fields. 

The American Legion. Award of 
nnn it has been presented to Irving 
Bluniberg. ad and exploitation direc- 
tor of Staiiley-Warner theatres here 
in' recognition of his patriotic activ- 
ities.' . ■■'■ - . •• 
Warner director Dclmar Daves 
and crew shooting local atmns))ln'ie 
scenes for "This Love Is Onrs." slorv 
of.Sgt. Al Schnu'd. blind Philly Ma- 
rine who killed 200 Japs. 

Special meeting of all exhibs to 
put steam in (ith War Loan drive will . 
be held at Warwick hotel. Nov. 13. 



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'Soldier'' deals with a timely and 
topical proljlem. that of war .mar- 
riages, but fails to do complete -jus- 
tice to its subject. It will disappoint 
the GI's. their girl-friends and their 
pait'nts. to whom its theme has a 
close and personal appeal, and it will 
similarly disappoint at the boxoll'ice. 

Principal reasons foi' the film's 
weaknesses are twofold. From the 
start the payoff is never in doubt, 
.with litlle suspense Induced. Sec- 
ondly, its bo.v-mects-girl plot 'has.; a 
■ tedipus overabundance of twists; and 
tuny., result, being 'a Jlirn that; runs 
almost two hours. Trimming. wouldn't 
!)e lap hard a job; since there are *a 
ntiiiibei.- of scenes thai can easily be 
clipped and should have been sliced 
in .the first place. Included in this 
•Category is a wedding scene and' a 
ship-building take that. "serve only 
to hinder proceedings. Hackneyed 
handling of a blind 'officer's': home- 
coming, could also take trimming. 

Story concerns a lady w elder. Pau- 
lette Goddard,. who refuses' ,to go for 
- a war mariuge and siipplehicnts hei 
war effort chore by evening hostess 
work, entertaining soldiers just back 
from overseas or on the verge of. go- 
ing. She does fall; though, for Sunny 
Tufts;. bill they split twice, first when 
she discovers he's married: although 
on brink of divorce- and-, secondly, 
after the reconciliation, on the' self- 
sacrifice angle. Idea here is that if 
he's worried about a wile bade home, 
he's likely to forget to concentrate 
on the war and. get knocked off. ' 

Supporting characters. Jcniiv i Ann 
Dorau I. whOse; husband conies. Iiniuo 
blind short I v after she's had ti Uub;., 
an I tin- spinster Etta' I.a lie < ft.-i ; -ri 
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Republic should hit the jackpot 
with this latest Roy Rogers starrer. 
It has everything it takes to keep the 
wickets turning as top feature in the 
dualers and can stand on .its own 
solo . in the. smaller situations. ■'-. In 
story material, song embellishment, 
and smooth direction it tops many 
of the previous Rogers screen ve- 
hicles. . •'."..'■• 
Rogers, per usual/ steals the show 
with his trick rifling atop Trigger, 
his . educated horse. This time he's 
cast as head of a group of cowboy 
t roubadours, who. woiild like to sand- 
wich some bulldozing and brotie 
busting' between their yode.ling. 
When Richard Powers won't let the 
boys display, said- : versatility they 
walk off the lot of his streamlined 
rodeo to hitch then wagons to a 
broken down Outfit- run by George 

"Gabby" Hayes, who's taken over for 
his old Boss' gal. Dale Evans. Latter 
is ready to team up with Powers 
matrimonially and combine shows. 

But Rogers. Bob Nolan and the 
Son's of the pioneers, the cowboy 
pals change ail. this, .by exposing 
Powers' chicanery, join the gal's 
show' to put it on the map again' as 
the. classiest rodeo touring the arenas. 

■ Rogers gives good account, as 
usual, and lends a pleasant baritone 
lo the ■ -vocals' by Nolan and the Pi- 
oneers, also in a -duet with Miss 
Evans. .Latter also linns: in a neat 
acting job and handles solo, on 
"Amor"' creditably. ..Hayes projects, 
comedy , as the lovable old cuss who. 
tries tii keep the gal in the dark on 
financial status of her rodeo. Lloyd 
Gori'igan and Claire DuBrev also 
furh.n1 good 'performances in sup- 
port roles. Frank McDonald's direc- 
tion sustains a racy pace throughout. 
Gordon Kahn and Bob Williams, have 
contributed a nifty script, while cam- 
eta work of Reggie. Laniung Js also- 
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PRC adds more fuel and no light 
to the juve delinquency situation* 
iWith its dull. long, drawnout opus. 
"Delinquent Daughters.'' Pic is trite, 
sermonizing and maudlhu lor very : 
mediocre entertainment. A lower- 
rung dualer. ; -'^ ::..: ? 

Again highschool kids are shown 
riding around crazily in Jalopies/ 
drinking in roadhouses and engaging 
in petty-holdups. Negligence of par- 
ents is pointed out in dull liaiangues 
before juvenile court judge. Story 
centers around a cafe whose proprie- 
tor eggs kids onto crime and- shields 
them from cops. Incidents are fa- 
miliar, obvious and contrived to hold 
little interest; 

'Acting in main is stereotyped, 
with Jon Dawson a wooden cafe pro- 
prietor. Joe Devlin, a nondescript de- 
tective, and Fifi D'Orsay a pallid hos- 
tess. Kids are also routine. Frank 
McGlynn. as a judge, and Johnny 
Duncan, as one of the kids, give some 
reality to their roles. Broit. 



I,. Ripps Heads Albany Variety 

. ' Albany. Nov. 7.- ■:.' 
Herman L. Ripps, hranclrnianager 
for Metro, elected chief barker of 
Albany Variety Club Saturday night 
(4i, He had been first assistant chief 
barker. He succeeds. C. J. Latla. 
N..Y. state manager of Warner The- 
atres, Charles, A. Cainakwilz. assist- 
ant WB zone manager, advanced 
from second to' first assistant chief 
barker: Harry Lamont, independent 
exhibitor, was chosen; second assist- 
ant. James P. Faughnan. contact 
manager for Warner Theatres, was 
named chief dough guy. Richard 
Hayes. Paramount salesman, elected 
prop master. Directors elected: Jos- 
eph Shure. chief booker in the Fab- 
ian division offices here: Clayton 
Eastman, Paramount' branch, mana- 
ger: Joe Miller, Columbia manager: 
George Jeffreys. UA salesman: Harry 
Alexander. 20th-Fox manager, and 
Ben Goffstein of the Times-Union,: 



is living at Joni'sboro, Ark. Jack. 
Galloway, of Warner's, has landed 
at Conway. Ark. And Herman 
Christman, of Columbia, who lived 
jn Memphis for veal's, now is lo- 
cated at Oxford. Miss-. . . . . 

Dave Gi-oskind. chief booker for 
•Ma Ico' Circuit, returned to post tier* 
after being mustered out of Army. 
' R. W. Tyson and Wagner Williaiij«t. . 
Sr., of Jackson. Miss., have bought 
the 325-seat DoSato nabe theatre 
here for .$35:900, Williams will htovft 
to Memphis' to manage: .' ■;'; .-'. 



: Blankenship's Additions. . 

Purchase of three theatres in Ta- 
hoka. Texas, announced by Wallace 
Blankensbip. owner and operator of 
a circuit in the Panhandle section of 
the slate. The houses were sold by 
D. B. English. Blankensbip now op- 
erates the Wallace, Rose, Ada and 
Lynn theatres there. ': .-'.;■.' 

Robert F. Kelley named head of 
publicity for the Dallas Interstate 
Theatres, succeeding Charles R. 
Meeker, who assumes a new post as 
manager of the Casino Operettas. . 

The Princess. Crandall, Texas, 
town's only theatre, opened there by 
Jack Saucier, showings only week- 
ends. Thurs. -Sat. Town is surround- 
ed' by farm country.. 



Morgan: Sells Two 

.•■''.:"-*■ ..Grand. Prairie. Texas.. Nov. 7. 

The Morgan and Grand, owned and 
operated bv A. M. Morgan, purchased 
by W. G. Underwood. Claude EzclL 
Roy Starling and Lowell Russell. 
Morgan plans to devote his time at 
mayor of the dly and chairman of 
the local OPA and ralioning board;. 

'Underwood and Starling already 
Own and operate the new Wings' the- 
atre here. . 

Babe Cohn's Chores 

Kansas City, Nov. 7. . 
M. D. (Babe I Cohn assumed iiiu 
duties as manager of the Uptown, 
outlyihg Fox-Midwest house: also 
took over exploitation for the day- 
and-date Uptown. Esquire and Fair- 
way theatres for the circuit. For- 
merly district advertising manager 
for Paramount. -•;.'. 



Octroi! House Rebuilt 

Detroit. Nov. 7. 
After heavy damage from fire last 
Christmas, the Highland Park (As- 
sociated! will reopen shortly, practi- 
cally rebuilt. One of t lie oddities is' 
that during , the 10 months it ; ha* 
been coming back , from the ashes, 
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Big Turnout for I. on GoldinK 

Lou Golding dinner at the Ten 
Eyck: hotel. Albany, next Monday 
(i:{i already has pledges to attend 
from Joseph Bernhard. Ted O'Shca. 
Abe Montague, SanT Rosen. Si Fab-,, • 

ian. Bill Rodgers. Tom Connors. ! '-'<•';'<-'" his ined.cal discharge 
Neil Agnew, Sam Lefkowitz. Eddie .At, «"''. time ad-publicity director 
Schnitzel'. Maurice Bergman. I.oii T ff, V ° rtx : 



Mono's Circuit Deals 

Monogram has contracted to ex- 
hibit its 1944-45 product through 
three additional chains with a total' 
of a f theatres. Circuits .-ire the Ka 1 - 
let. in New York; A. R. Boyd En- 
terprises in Pennsylvania, and Joseph 
L. Lawrence Thendes in. Utah. •..•• ' 

terry Spencer's II Post 

; . Perry Spencer, tonuerly with Wo- 
mctco in Miami and ad rep in tli* 
south for Republic has joined Uni- 
versal as southern advertising .repre- 
sentative, lie was lieutenant senior 
grade in the. Navy in ItHJI. bUt re- 



j.Astor. Carl Charlotte, Harry Thomas. 

i .Jack Cohen, Geo. Schaefer. Ed Cal- 

I lahah. John Scully. Ira Cohen. Harry 
Kalniine and Maurice Wolf. Esti- 
mated that approximately aiOO . will 

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Academy of Music in N.-..Y. 
Speneer also worked in Loew's 
liorneolVice under. Oscar Doob. 



-. Stereotyped, plot Won't do much 
for this average mlistanger, - . 

Blister Ci ;tbbe rides again to cjab 
the ait of the. cattle pillercis. His 
evci -laithlul- aide. Al ' Fti-z/v,' ..St. 



i r'abial) Mgr. Remembers Employees 

■'. IlaiM.sburg. Pa.. Nov. .7, 
Employees of local Fabian thea- 
ti e.,..Who were undei the jurisdiction., 
of the late C. Floyd. Hopkins, city | 
manager, were remembered in .his ! 
will. 'Will gi\es SioOb each 10 his - 



John, fides not far behind. heS not [seciptiiry - Mary Ellen .Perrigh. fai.rrl 



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as tiinnv in this one as- he. hj-'-' "beeti 
in previous cuctiisers. Duriiu:the in-, 
lprlftj Crahbe exposes: the cardshafp- 
ei v of Lanb. Chandler, who,. is .-,ub-- 
scqiiciitly polished- ofl: .circui.ti vents 
scheme 'of Charles King and J.ohil 
Merlon to divert delivery of cattle .-.o' 
thai the\ can take o.vei packing 
plant from Teti v Fi o-t Hal 
Pint- He -also makes a fee. lie nas- 
al- Putti McCai-ty-rbui; that's a',.' 'for 
romance . - 

Crabbe and Siipporlmg <a»t dp. 
okay, with direction of Sam Newiield 
a."d' ('■ameni slint'of Jat'l; Gi eehlialgh 
also' acceptable.". - : ''• ..EJ/iii. , 



The East. S.de Kids go iep.ii.toi ial 
in this one in tracking do.' :i i mm.:-, 
-h-r 'uivstery. -. Alllinlu'h <M[ a : :Jy* 
even keel for. a v. L . it 



Sam Sax Balk ill Tlx 

- Hollywood, No-, 7 
:.;»ihv independent film puii'mction 
en m pan.' has bceri: foimed here oy 
Sam Sax. formei distrioUtoi rand 
iiroriucei . who has headquai iets •«>.{ 
General Service studios. ',.. 
. Writers' have started .-v. ot- 



to -John D, O'Rea/ E. GiVau! Wolla.- 
!' ton ;. and .John F. Rogers, managers, 
! and 8300 to three ticket scllei s, , Each 
additional theatre employee. " ith a 
service- record of one year or nioic, 
Vgets $50. ' \.;'-"'-': ':.'' 

Schlesinter Buys I'cmi House 

Pil tsburgli.: Nov, 7-. "' 
A Mickey Schlevtiger bought the 

■ Roxiaii theati'e in McKees Rock> for 
■reputed $17(1.000. ' House operated 
' for a ntimber of years Under a trus- 
' tceship by "Sam Fleishman. ., 

■; Novelty •theatre on Northside spld 
; by. Jacob Richman. retiring irom' ex- 
j hibitioii to go" io CahtOrnia to fl 

Leonard Peici. -Vtho also O'V"- and 

n, manes Park here. 
Meiidville. Pa.. Park Theatre Cor-, 
j poration. headed by Dr.. H. C. VVius- 

■ low and . Charles Truau, yi qiU 'cd 
'of, of. Ctiiineaut Lake. ainu-.i'iiieii,t 
j spot in northern Pennsylvania 
| . George J;- Corcoran named general 



PRCs Great Stales Heal 

. Chicago, Not. 7. 
Great States. Publix ..subsidiary, ■• . 
pacted. with . PRC. foi- first- run show- 
ings of- lalter's' output for next quar- 
ter, according fo.Henri 'Elnian. PRC, 
distributor here. Circuit covers) 
cities outside Chicago. 

X. ' Y.. Exchange Chatter 

Li, MPs ton G.t'7'be.. in. charge of ■ 
short; subject publicity for Warner*. • 
\ before going int'o tlie, Army, is lit'ihg .' 
phlt'lirl on the inactiti (isl due to 
|)hv>ital.- disability ... 

\: . e:yn Koleinan of.. Republic,/' 
.(lacked all issues ol November fan 
i magazines on breaks for Roy Rogers, 
] cowboy slai of th ' company. 

: Clmt Weycr, secretary ol the \a- 
' tipOSl Film Can ters Ass'p, who 
; headqii liters hi Philadelph.a, «as in - 
! town. last, week on matters relating 

to film delivery problems. 
; '.Carol W e i 1 i . f o r m e r I y a > ' - p u b ! i c i i? 
; director for Film' Classics, has joined 
^ International Theatrical .& Television 
Corp.. in .similar capacity. 
. „ Da-e Bader. wifh 21t.h-Fo'x home- 
Ofiice pUbJicity stall', back front about 
:ji tponfh cross-country /contacting a<i 
' advance, .man for ' Sixth War Loan 
■1 drive. ■ '■' ■' .-: •/■•"■ '. 

L. "Red".'S'tong, Western. Elec- 
trics publicity chief 'Iji. casl. du« 
back from ■ Coa-t this ■ « eel: . after 



nrst Sax picture, still U'l'l:'.*^.;. 



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own, succeeding George Puicell. re- , lilm production, in Hollywood. 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



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LEO IS FIRST AGAIN 1 

Announcing with pride..* 

THE FIRST B OND PRE Ml ERE 

in the Nation to inaugurate the n«w 

SIXTH WAR LOAN 

NOV. 15th— CAPITOL THEATRE, N. Y. 
War Bond Premiere of 
M-G-M's Great Motion Picture 

'THIRTY SECONDS 
OVER TOKYO" 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wmim»e*\*y, November 8, I*)! i 



Holdovers Hit L A. But Storm' Loud 
$59,500 in 4 Spots; Island' Lush 25G 
In Two, 2d, 'Since' Wow 45'/ 2 G, 4th 



Los- Angeles Nov ". ♦ 
Loo.il ItfKlr'uti biz continues rather 

tismnl althougiv^th. only- new bill. 
Summer Storm" : Rl'.is . 'MiiiK o 
Whistler'."' is giving F"N-W ml Const 
top suing of four MlK-iilrcs its' best 
take in sever;.! weeks.. Appeal's, 
herded* for nifty $S9;500. unusually • 
good ennwde' mi* Hjat. the. onvoo ] 
*)»vecl only fixe days iit the C'<»,:tlKiJ i 

Circle, ■■'i ■ , ■'-, , ' i 

■••'Since Yon Went Away, which is 
moving over lor continued livst i'.nti,. 
In two spots, still is. a bis money .pie- 
lure iit $45,500 for fourth session in 
Three spots. "Conspirators;' is merely 
okay $24 500 in .three houses tor tnirfi 
stanza, Second ■ week *f ••Rainbow 
Waiuf "is nice . $25,000 , in two Para- : 
> T ,ou -Wilson" is V. fifth frame: 
yoadshowiiig.at Four .Star. •' •■• None- 
Bui LOtielv "Hctn t" looks forte $21:000 i 
in two houses for thud week. ■ ,| 
. Estimates for 'this Week I 
Oi lhay Circle 1 FWC V 1 1 •5 1 . SO- 
$1— "Su:hnier Slorni" >UA I. add'. 
'Mark of Whistler" .Co';' '5 days'. 
Fine $7,000. Las' week. . " .Canterv ille ; 
Ghost"' i'M-Gi ' ..twl Bis Noise. 
(20fh). okay $0,200. . ■■ • ■ 

Chinese 'Grauman-W.GI (2.048: -,50-.: 
11 '.—"Summer Storm" ' UA :i , and 
■ ''Mark WhisticV 'i Col); Nifty |13;9i»^ 
Last week. "Cantei villc Uhost . 
(M-'Gi and ■•'.Big. Nbjse' , '.i20tlvi, took 

''liowntowiv 1WB) '1.800: 50-S1 t— ; 
"Conspirators'.' i WB I 13d wki. Fair 
HO.OOO. Last .week, lair $13,200. v | 

Egyptian i FWC > (1.538: 50-Sl 'i 
"Since Went Away 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total doss 
This Week SL352.400 

j B<.,sc-<! o>: 21 crlics. 172 . i.lieu- 
' fi-c.t.' ir.ief/y i'i'si .rt.ii.v IfichtdiiJa :. 
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Total Gross Same Week 

I,aVl Year . . $i,78J,70n 

. (Bused o,-j 24 cities. 189 l/ieof res) 

'Pirate' Great $21,500, 
Tops in Cincy; 'Climax 
13G, 'Blonde' Blah 3G 

V ',--,■.',■ '■'•■■' . : . Cincinnati. Nov. 7,-.. 

Front line has only two newcomers 
and both winner's. Bidding for dec-' 
ti.i*. night ' hi-:, major houses have 
tftuis ..with WC.XY and Cincy Post, 
tor. flashes on returns. "Pi'i ncess and 
Pirate", is. week's leader. Bob Hope 
onm'ddy being sock .at the. Palace. 
•'Climax" all right at the Albce. '; 
■ Estimates for This Week . * 
Albce iBKO) ' "1. 100; 44-70'— "Cli- 
max" !.U>. Okay $13,000;: Last week: 
-Park'm^ton" iivf-G). -wham". $23.000.. 
.". Capitol'. iRKOV (2,0011; ,44-70>— 
"Parkington" i'M-G ). "■ Moveover. 
Stout $10,000: Last- week. "Till Meet 
.i;Ai'.4ti. wki.: Again" (Par),; all right $8,500 



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Strong 

*Ttfut' Star UA-WC ) '900 85-S1.10 
K/ntinuiuis) — "Wilson" '20th > iMhV 
vk i. Neat $5,700. Last. week, good 

*'llawaii iG&SV (1.100: 50-$D— 
"Music Manhattan" 'RKO) and 
"Mile. Fifi" (RKO) (3d wk I.. Scant 
»2,000. Last week, so-so $3,000. . •«,-• 
Hollywood iWB) (2.756: 50-$l)— 
"Conspirators" i-WB ) > 3ri -wk-'6 days). 
Okay $8,000. Last week, trim $10,500. 

Los Ar.seles- (D'town-WCr (2.097; 
,0-$l i — "Since" .'. 'UA ) '4 th ..wki. 
XoW $26,000. , Last week, strong 
'28 400 ' ■ *•"* * 

Orpheum (D.'town) (2.200: 55-981 
—"End Road" (Rep) with Veloz and 
Yolanda. on stage. Oke $22,000. Last 
yveek. "Girl Who Dared" (Rep) with 
Erskine Hawkins orch, Art Tatiim, 
en stage, good $23,900. .. ' ■.' ." 

. Pantases (Pan) (2.812; ,50-$l) — 
"Lonely Heart" ' RKO ) and "Girl 
Rush" ' RKO) (3d wk). Only $11,- 
COO. Last week, down to $14,600. 

Paramount ( F&M> ( 3.389; 50-$l )— 
"Rainbow Island" 'Par) and "Dark 
Mountain": (Par), ' (2d wk).. Modest 
$17,000. Last week, slow $22,000: 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) "d.- 
451: 50-$l )— "Rainbow Island" (Par) 
<2<1 wki, • N'ice $8,000. Last week, 
ckay $10,500,' ■ 

RKO Hillstreet (RKOI (2,890: 50- 
801— "Lonely Heart" (RKO ' and 
"Girl RiishV (RKO.) (3d wk). Mod- 
■mtitt $13,000. Last week, nothing 
fcltey, about: $16,300. 

Rii* (FWC H.370; 50-$D— "Since" 
clJA) '4th wk). Fine $9,500. Last 
%-eck, about $10,500.' 

State (Loew-s-WC) (2.404: 50-$l) 
—"Summer Storm" (UA) and: "Mark 
Whistler" (Col). Big 1 $29,000. Last 
week. "Canteiville Ghost" (M-G) 
»nri "Big Noise" (20th), limp $22,400. 

United Artists (UA-WC) (2.100: 
80-$l i— "Canterville: Ghost" (M-G) 
and "Big Noise" (20th) (5 days). 
Okav $5,700.. Last week. "Maisie 
Goes Reno" (M-G) (2d wk) and 
"Irish Eves" (20th), nifty $7,800. ■ 

Uptown (FWC) (1.790; 50-$D — 
"Summer Storm" <UA) and "Mark 
Whistler" (Coll. Hefty $10,000. Last 
•week,' "Canterville Ghost" (M-G) 
•no "Big Noise" (20th). nice $7,600. 

Wilshire (FWC) (2.296: 50-$D — 
"Canterville Ghost" i M-G) and "Big 
Noise'' (20th I. Slow $5,500. Last 
week,- ''Maisie Goes Reno" (M-G) 
<2ri wk) and "Irish. Eyes". (20th), 
ckav $6,800. ! 

Wiltcrn . rWB) (2.500: 50-$D — 
"Conspiralors- (WB) (3d wk). Only 
$6,500. Last week, profit at $8,600. 



Family (RKO,) (1.000:. 30-40)— 
"Three of Kind',' i Mono ) and "Spe- 
cial Inspectoi ' (Pop) split ■with 
"Mvsterious Night" (Col): and "San 
Fernando Valley" (Rep). Average 
$2,300. Same, last sesh for "Miss 
Bobby Socks" (Col) and "Border- 
town. Trail" 'Rep) divided with "Un- 
written Code" (Col) and. "Stage- 
coach Monterey*' (Rep),.:' 

Grand 'RKO) (1.430; 44-70)— 
"Strawberry Blonde" ( WB) n eissue). 
Five days. No dice at $3,000. Last 
week. "Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) 
(2d run), six. days, sweet $8,000. 

Keith's (United) (1.500; 44-70)— 
"Till Meet Again"; (Par). Moyeover. 
Trim -$5;600. Last week.' "Carolina 
Blues" "(Col), swell $7,500. 

Lyric. ' RKO) ': ); 44-70)— "Tall 
in Saddle" (RKO) Moveover. Fair 
$4,500. Last week. "Atlantic City" 
(Rep) and "Storm Over Lisbon" 
(Rep),. $4,000. ;>'."" - . 

Palace (RKO) (2.600; 44-701— 
"Princess and Pirate" (RKO). Socko 
$21,500. Last week, "Tall in Saddle" 
(RKO), pleasing $12,000. 

Shubert (RKO) (2.100: 44-70)— 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th). Second 
switch for third downtown week. 
Fair $4,000. Last week. "Conspira- 
tors" iWB) (2d run), $3,500, 



'Conspirators' High 17G, 
Prov.; 'Gent' Fancy 16iG 

Providence. Nov 7. 
. Elm inn Day is expected to ; hurt 
all iiround tint, not loo much. Ma- 
ils ti c's "Co'nspi rators" is high with. 
Loew's State's "Bavbary Const .Gent ' 
i'ighf up thtre, too. 

Ksiimates for This Week 
Alber iRKOt (2,100: 44-KOi— .Tall 
|rt S; ( die" i RKO) and "Reckless 
•V. > ' iL!) Opened Tuesday 
Last week, "Master Race" (RKO) 
■■;;n'(t .".Moonlight Cactus" ( RKO > (2d 
wk i. n 4i\ S 10.000 .' ,* 

( ailton (Fay-Loew) (1,400: 44-55) 
— ."IrVsh Eves Smiling" i20th) a.hd. 
'Wl tii. Lights Go .Out"' (PRC) (2d 
run I," Okay $3,800. Last week, "Se- 
cret ' Command" (Col) ,and "K. C. 
Ksttv .Co!). (2d run). $4,000. 

lay-s ■ Fav I (2.000: 44-55)— San 
i'Fci-naiido Vailoy",i Rep ' . and vaude 
. on sli.si', Trim $6,000, Last wet'K. 

Tliif • Above, All " (.2Qth) (.reissue) 
.and: Vaude oh stage, snappy .$7,000. 
i Majestic (Fay.) 12,200: ,44 -55) — 
••Conspirators" i WB) and ''Minstrel' 
Man" 'PRO, Solid $17.000.. laitst 
wct'k. : "Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) 
mil "When Lights Go' Out" :IPRC>, 

SO5.00O: 

, 'Metropolitan: • ('Snider i (3.2f)0: 50 r 
' 7(1)— "My Buddy" iRep' and 'Smiley 
Burnette and Arthur Paquette breh 
.heading stage ^ show: three-day .week-' 
'j end run.. .Mild $4,000. Last week. 
"■.Sing, \"t ..uhbor"' (Mono) and Fred- 
die Slack orch others, on stage, fair 
5.5,000 foi three-day run. 

Slale (Loew I (3,200: 44-60,1— -"Bar- 
' barv Coast Gent", (M-G ) and "3 Men 
in White" i M-G) Present pace 
looks ■• .like, .snappy $16,500. Last 
, week. ' American Romance' (M-GX 
' aided. . bv . Hallowe'en Night show. 
.'! with "Lady in '.Morgue'' ' tlhdic l, nice, 
i $16:000.::. •': 

. .Strand 'Silverman) (2.000: 44-55 1 
i — "National Barn Dance" (Par), and 
, "One .Mysterious. Night" (Col), 
i Opened Monday (6), ' Last week, 
! "Love Soldier" (Par ) and. "Bonnie 
' Lassie" 'Pari, fairly good $8,500. 



Snow Bops Pitt., But 'Casanova' Oke 
17G; Climax Mfld 9G, Island' N.G 12G 



Broadway Grosses 

Estimated Total Gross 

This Week . ., . .$471,600 

tBdied on -16. theatres) 
Total Gross Same Week 
Last Year. :,.:..,.,.:. $610,000 
.(Bused on 14 tlieatres) 



'Saddle'-Yaude Tall 15G 
In Balto; 'Island' 16G 

Baltimore. Nov, 7. 
Fairly steady play here wills all 
riovvhtoW.n entries doing okay if not j 
exceptional.. ''Rainbow Island" .is ! 
JHfiiig good pace at. the Stanley, and ! 
*I Love a ■■ Soldier" is nicely, spotted ! 
•t Keith's.. ', ' . 

Estimates for This Week 
. Century i Loow's-UA ) '3.000 20-: 

ft})— "American Romance" (M-G). I 
'airi'sh $13,000. Last work: "Mar- i 
riage Is Private": ' M-G), $13,800. .: ■'•:. 

Hippodrome (Rappaport) 1 2.240: : 
SO- 74 1 —"Tall in. Saddle" j RKO ) 
phis vaude. Fancy $15,000, Last 
iveck, "Lonely Heart" 'RKO). not 
up to hopes at $13,900. . ;•,' •; 
Keith's iSchaiibejfier) '2.460: 20- 



'Pirate' Smash $8,500, 
Omaha ; 'Romance' 11 G 

Omaha. Nov. 7. 
"Princess and the Pirate" is stand- 
out this week at the Brandeis,, al- 
though top coin .will go to "American 
Romance. ' 

... Estimates for This Week . 
Brandeis (RKO) U.500: 16-60)— 
'•Princess and Pirate" (RKO) and 
"Pal Wolf" (RKO). Smash $8,500 and 
holds over. Last week. "Master Race" 
( RKO) and "3 Little Sisters" (Rep). 
$6,800. 

Paramount (Tristates) (3,000: I8- 
60)— "American Romance" (M-G). 
Healthv $11,000. Last week. "Green- 
wich Village" (20th), $10,400. 

Omaha (Tristates) (2,000: 16-60 W 
"Greenwich Village" (20th). Move- 
over with flrst-rim "Singing Sheriff" 
(U). Rousing $7,000 in six days. Last 
week. "Barbary Coast Gent" (M-G) 
moveover. and . "Mummy's Ghost" 
tU). $8,800. 

Oi'phrum CTristates) (3.000: 16-60) 
-—"Hairy Ape" (UA) a'nd "Moonlight 
Cactus" (U). Nice $10,000. Last 
week., "Maisie Gogs Reno" (M-G) 
and: "Meantime Darling" (20th ), 
$11,000. ".'•'. 

State, 'Goldberg) (8.65: 35-50)— 
Topper" L ( PRC) and "Black Magic" 
'Mono). Good $3,000. Last week. 
"Stagecoach". (UA) (reissue) and 
"Leave to Irish" i Mono). $2,800;.. 



'Pirate' Torrid $18,000 
In K.C.; 'Laura Hearty 
At 136, 'Romance' 15G 

Kansas City, Nov. 7. 
Grosses at the deluxers here are 
perking up this week. The pace- 
setter is "The Princess and the. Pi- 
rate" at the Orpheum. "An Ameri- 
can Romance," soloing at the Mid- 
land, is next best but at much larger 
house. . "Laura" also is strong at 
Esquire, Uptown and Fairway. \ 
'- Estimates for This Week 
Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 
(Fox-Midwest) (820, 2,043 and 700; 
45-65'— "Laura" (20th), Hearty $13.- 
000. Last week, "Bride by Mistake" 
I (RKO), sweet $11,500. 
|: Midland (Loew's) (3.500: 40-60)— 
"American Romance" (M-G), Good 
$15,000. Last week, "Barbary Coast 
Gent" (M-G) and "Unwritten Code". 
(Coll, lair $13,500, 

Newman (Paramount) (1,900: 45- 
65)— "Till Meet Again" (Par). Strong 
$14,000. Last week, "Rainbow Is- 
land" i Par) (2d wk), okay $9,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,500: 46-65)— 
"Princess and Pirate" (RKO) and 
"Pal Wolf" i RKO), Torrid $18,000. 
Last week, "Arsenic and Old Lace" 
(WB) '3d wk). nice $9,000. 

Tower (Fox-Joffee) 12.100; 39-60) 
—"San Fernando Valley" (Rep) and 
"Bordertown Trail" (Rep) with 
vaude. Snappy $10,000. Last week, 
"Minstrel Man" (PRC) and "Moon- 
light and Cactus" ;(U) plus stage 
show, nearly sameV ;'.,'• 



'Marriage' Fat $28,500, 
Philly; J. Dorsey Tilts 
'Minstrel' Socko 32$ 

. "-' . Philadelphia. Nov, 7, 
Biz is taking an Upswing, being 
helped bv strong product Top sros-. 
goes 4ti_tini,Farle_-w.here Jiiiimy Dor- 
sey 's orchestra is playing to bin 
crowds backed by "The Minstrel 
Man ' Also in the heavy sugar iS 
"Marriage. Is a Private Allair.". . 

•',',:: Estimates for This Week 
.' Aldine : (WB) ■'( 1.303; .40-851— 
"Abroad Two Yanks" ' UA I (2d fun ). 
Okav $11.30.0. Last week, fine $14,500. 

Ai'eadia 'Sabloskv) (600: 40-85 '— 
"Seventh Cross" ( M-G) (2d. run ) (2d 
wk>. Fair $4,000. Last , week, oke 
$5,800. 

Bovd . ( WB) (2.500: 40-85)- -"Mar-, 
riage Is Private" . (M-G ). Healthy 
$28,500. Last. week. "Very Thought 
of You" IWB), neat $14,900 third 
sesh, "■■.'■'•■;'.''■■•• 

Earle (WBi. (2,760; 50-95 )-^"Miii- 
strel Man" (PRC:) arid Jimmy. Dorsey. 
orch. Socko S32. 500. Last week. "Mu- 
sic Manhattan" (RKO) with Sonny 
Diinham orch. fairish St 8.500, ' - « 

Fox i WB) (2,245: 40-85 )— "Till 
Meet Again" (Par) (2d wk). Solid 
$16,800. Last \K'cek. husky $26.800, ■ 

Karlton i Goldman I'd .000; 40-85 I—'. 
"Maisie Goes Reno" (M-G) (2d run). 
Nice $8,000. ,. Last 'week, "Kismet" 
i M-G). good $7,000, second run. 

Keith's ' Goldman) (2.200: 85-$1.10) 
—"Wilson" 1 20th"), Second try at 
tipped prices- after run at Aldine. 
trim $9,000. Last week. "Bride by 
Mistake" (RKO), fair $5,800 second 
run. 

Mastbaum (WB) (4.692; 40-85)— 
-Since Went Away" (UA) (5th wk). 
Neat $19,500. Last week, sweet. $22,- 
500 -'"" ' 

Stanley (WB) (4.692; 40-85)— 
"American Romance" (M-G). Stout 
$22,500 plus nice $3,200 for Sabbath 
showing at Earle. Last week. "Irish 
Eyes Smiling" (20th), bright $17,200 
on holdover. . 

Stanton ( WB) (1,475: 40-85)— 
"Strawberry Blonde" (WB) (ieis- 
sue). Satisfactory $8,000:. Last week, 
These Parents" (Mono). $7.500.. . 



Pittsburgh, Nov 7. 

Looks like a weak i.ess-ioi.v gi'ni.i 
allv, .with rain and snow; l-lil-fiij- 'nil- '.- 
tht- vyeekend gravy, Stanley',. b;:i k i, 
straight, pix again, leads the litiil 
With "Casanova Brown," althoui-h 
biz isn 1 .tip. .to expectations h( it 
either. "Rainbow Island" is dropping.' 
the Penn into rock-bottom. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1.700; 40-65)— ■ 
"Climax" (U V Xhontrc -ancV'-dfrltib- . 
got tog. ther'ori. a ui.cc rnmpnign tor 
this one but wcathei's holding .it 
backTT5n,]y 'fair opening and doesn't 
look much more. than'. $9,000. Last 
week. "Irish Eyes Smiling" '2filh) 
(3d wk ). (iko $6,000. ' - . • 

Harris .(Harris) (2.200; 40-1151— 
"Laura" i20th) (2d wk ). Murder ':' 
mystery .proving n pleaS'int surprise . 
on h.o. at $9,000. or near, l/ist v.i < k, 
-tout f-13.000 

" Pcriii (LiHwy's-UA) 13.300: 411-651-* . 

Riimbow Island" (Par). Cri\ no 
like. 'so", weak $12,000 looms. Last 
week,. "Bride By Mistake" i RKO ', 
around S 16.000., ' ' . - : 

Ritu iWB) (800: 40-65)— "Scvt nth . 
Chios' i M-G). Moveover MoCc.fe 
$2,500. Last week. • Since Wot 
Away" i U).' also moveover. tilth, 
(lownt own week. J'aney $3,500. 
.Senator .'.■( Harris) (1.750; 40-65.1— 

Mark of Whistler" (Col ) mid. "Lou- 
isiana. Hayride" (Rep-). Thin S2.201). 
Li.pt • week. "Moonlight' Cactus" ' U ) 
and "Dangerous Journey". i20r!U, 
dismal $1,200. and yanked after lour 
days. ■■',' '. ■: ■■ '• • . •.', ' .'■ ';.' •'.'•>•' 
.' Stanley 'WB) (3.800; M&liX*: 
"Casanova Brown" (RKO). House re- 
verting ,to straight . films for a couple 
of months because of dearth. of name 
stage attractions. Doing: fairly well 
at $17,000. Last week, "Music Man- 
hattan" <RKO) and Jimmy Dnr-ey 
orch. better than expected at. $22,500. 

Warner (WB) (2.000: 40-651— 
"Bride by Mistake" (RKO). Move- 
over. ■ Sad $5.0(10. Last week. "Sev- 
enth Cross" (M-G), via. same roulr, . 
$6,000.:. 



$11,000. Last , week. "San Diego 
Love" , lU),. pleasing $9,400. ' 

Mayfair (Hicks) (980; 25-55) — 
"Sing Neighbor" (Repi. . Average 
$4,000. Last week, "Ladies Washing- 
ton" 1 20th), $3,300. 

New: (Mechanic) ' 1.680: -20-60)— ■ 
"Irish. Eyes Smiling" (20th ) '3d wk). 
Nice .$5:500 alter steady second 
round at $7,300. .'. .'"' 

-Stsrnley --(-WB) (3,280; 25-66) — 
-Rainbow Island" (Par). Neat $16.- 
000.. Last week. • "Conspirators" 
• WB) 2d wki, $9.900.. '■■ 

Valencia ( Loew's-UA ) ! 1.840; 20- 
60i— "Marriage Is Private" 'M-G) 
(moveover);.. Average $4,500. Last 
week. "Since Went Away" (UA ). .'2d 
wk 1 ; slrong $5,200 after three rounds 



flfr'— • Love a SoId-er''i'iPar). : Go.iidiii down^faij'S) CenUuy; 



INDPLS. OFF ALBEIT 
'SOLDIER' OK $12,500 

Indianapolis. Nov. 7. 
• Interest in last stages of the presi- 
dential campaign is reflected in gen- 
erally lower grosses at local ticket 
wickets.' this week, though "Since 
You Went Away" $till is big in third 
week at. Loew's. "I Love a Soldier," 
at'the Indiana; is pacing new atfrac- 
tion*. 

Estimates for This Week 

Cirel* iKatz-Dolle) (2.450; 32-55) 
—"Greenwich Village". . ( 20th) and 
"Candlelight Algeria" (20th). Fair 
$10,000. Last week. "Hairy Ape" 
'UA' and "Song OpCn Road" (UA), 
feeble $8,000. 

Indiana 'Kalz-Dolle) (3.300; 32- 
551— Love a Soldier" (Par) and 
"3 Little Sisters" (Repi., Oke $12.- 
500. Last week, "Gypsy. Wildcat" 
(U ) and . "Pearl Death" (U', mild 
$11,500, .','.' 

KeiihV (Indie) (1,200: 35-651 — 
Nine G lis' (Col) and vaude Aver- 
age. $4,800 in four days;- Last week, 
"Meet' People" (M-G) and. vaiide, 
$5.1ii0. (jho Tour days. 

Loew's i Loew's) (2,450; 32-55)— 
"Sihee Went; Away" (UA) (3d wki. 
Ikity $10,000 after sock $1:5.300 in 
second stania. ' : 

Lyric 'Kat.-Dolle), (1.600: 32-55) — 
"Ar.stn'ic Old Lace" (WBi and "Big 
K<ms< ": '20th). Fine $5,000 in second 
v. ttk til' .moveover. , following great 
."f.Khl l •'. ' i (•■•:. 1 1 



'BROWN' NICE $23,500 
IN 2 SEATTLE SPOTS 

Seattle. Nov. 7. 

Closing .campaign speeches and 
Tuesday's election are hurting biz 
this week. Best bet looks like "Casa- 
nova .Sfown" at Music Hall aiid Par- 
amount. "Merry Monahaiis" looks 
stout at Roosevelt on moveover after 
sock initial stanza, at Orpheum. 
Estimates for This Week 

Blue .-Mouse I Ham rick-Evergreen 1 
(800: 45-80)— "Dragon Seed" (M-G) 
1 4th wk). Okay $5,000 in eight days. 
Last week, nice $5,700. 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2.600: 45-80) 
—"Marriage Is Private" (M-G). Big 
$15,500 in eight days. Last week, 
■'Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) great 
$16,000. 

.Liberty (J-vH) (1.650; 45-801— 
"Werewolf" (Col ) and "Soul Mon-. 
sttr" (Col). Giant $10,000. Last 
week. "Impatient Years" (Col) and 
"U-fioat Prisoners" (Col) (3d wk), 
oke $6,500 

Music Box (H-E) (850: 45-80)— 
"Irish tyes". (20th). From Fifth Ave. 
Sock $8,000. Last week. "Love Sol- 
dier" (Par) (4th wk) and "Hairy 
Ape" (UA). slow $3,800. -,; 

Music Hall (H-E) (2.200: 45-80)— 
"Casanova Brown" (RKO). Day- 
date with Paramount. Good $11,500. 
Last week, "Sweet Lowdown" (20th) 
and "Meantime, Darling" 020th), 
mild $6,000. 

Orpheum .(H-E) '• (2.600; 45-80)— 
"Conspirators" i WB). Moderate. $11.- 
000. Last w-eek. "Merrv Monahans" 
iU). and "Peart Death" (U ), big 
$12,600 ' "; 

Palomar (.Sterling) (1.350: 30.$1)— 
"Hot Rhythm" (Mono) plus stage 
headed bv Edgar Kennedy. Hot $10.- 
000. Last w'eek. "Made .Me Criminal" 
(WB) plus stage, good $9,400. .. 

Paiamounl (H-E) (3.039: 45-80)— 
"Casanova Brown" (RKO), Fine. $12,- 
000 or . over. Last week. "Barbary 
Coast Gent" (M.-G) (2d wk), oke 
$8,000 in six cays. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) (800: 45-80)— 
-Merrv Monahans" (U) (2d wk) 
Oke $6,000.. Last week, "Arsenic Old 
Lace" i WB) (5th wk). good $4,900. 

Winter Garden 'Sterling) (800; 25- 
50)— "Wing and Prayer" ( 20th) and 
"Christmas Holiday" (U) (3d run). 
Xeat: S4.200. Last week. "Bathing 
Bcautv" (M-G) and "Mark Twain" 
' WR;.,_rahr! $5,500 fpr third win. v .'.' 



'Heart' Bright $17,000, 
Buff.; 'Climax' Big 16G 

Buffalo. Nov; T. 
Sammy . Kayo's band is boost nig 
"Great Moment" to smash session sj: 
the Buffalo this week. "The Cli- 
max.'* at the Lafayette, and "Nor,« 
But Lonely Heart," at Century, sis... 
are standout. . 

Estimates (or This Week 
Buffalo (Shea) (3.500; 40-70) — 
"Great Moment" (Par) plus. Sammy 
Kaye orch on stage. Socket'oo *28,t 
000: Last week, "Summer Storm 
(UA) and "U-Boat Prisoner" 'Co)), 
fairly good $14,500. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3.000: 40-70) 
—"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th i hnd 
'•Meantime. Darling" (20th) (2d wk). 
Staunch $14,000. Last week, strong 
$18,000. . 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100: 40-70)— "Sweet 
Low-down" (20th) and "Dairge icvis 
Journey" (..20th). So-so $7,500. L^si 
week; "Arsenic Old Lace" (WB) >i& 
wk). sturdy at $8,800, . 

Lafayette (Basil) '3.300: 40-70)— 
"The Climax" (U) and " HeekHss 
Age" (U). Dandy $16,000. Last' 
week. "Merry Monahans" (U) ar.tl t 
"Jungle Woman" tU), .sturdy $13.(i(i(). 

20th Century (Ind) '3,000; 40-7«) 
—"None But Lonely Heart" tRHO) 
and "Call South Seas" (Rep). £oeh 
$17,000. Last week. "Master Rye*'' 
iRKOi and "Falcon in Meftiee* 
(RKO). good $11,000. -• 



Selznick Denied Stay 
For 'Since' LA. Run 

Los Angeles, Nov. 7, 
Metro turned down a request by 
David, O. Selznick for an extension 
of the run of "Since You Went 
Away" beyond its four-week com- 
mitment at the Los Angeles, Egyp- 
tian and Ritz theatres. Selznick in- 
sisted on an extension, contending 
that current grosses do not .tnslify 
a switch to moveover situations, but 
Metro refused to alter the original 
agreement, made last August, ,": • ; 

Houses are owned by Fox-West 
Coast, but Metro holds an exelusix 6 
pioriuct deal, on the trio for one 
year. "SYWA" moves to the Carihajr. 
Circle, while Metro's "Mrs. Park ing- 
ton" goes into the three dispuUd 
theatres. ' 



Starting on 'Small Timt' .;- 

Hollywood, Nov, "*. 
First venture by Philip Yordan 
as an independent producer will be 
"Whistle Stop." based' on Marittfl 
Wolffs novel, purchased from Ran- 
dom House through tlie. Willow, 
Morris agency. 

. Yorrian's new company, i title ptvid- 
entiy financed,.. is. negotiating fvt « 
s t'.itk-l. • , ... , 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



PICTURE GROSSES 



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Chi Marks Time; Indemnity-Andrews 
Sis Great 57G, Neighbor -tJay ^ 15G 



Chicago. Nov, 7. ♦ 
Mostly backsliding b.o.'s again, 
what with the election, albeit pros- 
pects for the Chicago, with. "Double 
Indemnity" and Andrews Sisters 
combo, are lor a socko $57,000. 
"Since You Went Away" continues a 
pri/.e : package at the Slate-Lake in 
its third round, taking $40,000. "Sing, 
Neighbor." with "Gay '90's" revue, is 
stout $15,000 at the small Downtown. 
Estimate! for Thin Week 



Apollo (B&K:) (1,200: 80-$1.10)— 
• "Wilson" (20th) (3d wk». Pert $16,- 
600. Last week, good $19,000. '. * 

Chicago (B&K) (3.900: 55-95)— 
"Double Indemnity" (Par) arid An-, 
drevys Sisters heading stage show. 
Great $57,000. Last week. "Impatient 
Years'' (Coll with' Paul Draper, oth- 
ers, on stage (2d wk), sturdy $39,000. 

Downtown (Barger ) ( 1.600: 44-95) 
— •Sing. Neighbor' (Rep) with "Gay 
' '90' s"! revile, Henry Armetta. others, 
on stage. Stout $15,000, Last week. 
'Hairy Ape" <UA> i2d run) with 
Bonnie Baker and Milt Brittbn Orch 
on stage, middling $12.000. ' '•,..''. ; '■',,"' 

Garrick (B&K > (900; 55-95)— "Bar- 
pa ry Gent" (M-G). Fine $11,000. 
.Last week. "Great Moment" (Par) 
and "Take It Big" (Par), 5 days, and 
'Barbarv Gent" (M-G), 2 days, big 
$10,000. 

Grand .(RKO) (1.150 : 55-95)— 
"Waterloo Bridge" (M-G > (reissue) 
and "Bowery Champs" (Mono ). Fair. 
$7,000. Last week "Werewolf" (Col) 
and "Soul Monster" l Col).. 6 days; 
and "Bridge" (M-G), and "Champs" 
(Mono I. 1 day. modest $6,500. 

Oriental (Iroquois) (3.200; 44-95)— 
"Strange Affair" (Col) with Law- 
rence Welk orch on stage. Average 
$24,000. Last week, "Faces in Fog" 
(Rep) with Bob Chester orch on 
stage, trim $27,500. 

Palace (RKO) . (2.500: 55-95)— 
"Abroad Yanks" (UA) and "Murder 
Blue Room" (U K Okay $19,500. Last 
week. "Merry Monahans" (U) and 
"San Diego" (U >. 6 days, and "Abroad 
Yanks" (UA) and "Murder Blue 
Room" (U). 1 day. so-so $18,000. . 

Roosevelt (B&K.) (1.500; 55-95)— 
"Greenwich Village" (20th) <2d,wk,). 
Slim $15,000. Last week, steady $16,- 
500.' "• . . 

Stale-Lake (B&K V (2.700: 55-95 >— 
"Since Went Away" <UA) <3d wk). 
Grand $40,000. Last week, boff $42,000. 

United Artists (B&K) (1.700: 55- 
65)— "Marriage Is Private" (M-G) 
. (4th wk). Snug $16,500. Last week, 
dandv $18,500. 

Woods (Essaness) (1.200: 55-95)— 
"Casanova Brown" (RKO) (6th wk). 
Tidv $14,000. Last week, neat $15,000. 



day-date with Esquire. Grand $15,- 
000. Last week, smash $18,000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742: 35-74)— "Since 
Went Away" (UA) (2d wk), also at 
Denver. Okay $2,500, Last week, big 
$4,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2.600; 35-74)— 
"Tall in Saddle" i RKO) and "3 Rus- 
sian Girls" (UA). Fancy $15,000 or 
near.'s Last Week, "American Ro- 
mance" (M-G) and "Minstrel Man" 
(PRC '. fine $14,400. 

Paramount (Fox) I2;200: 35-74)— 
"Climax" <U) and "San Diego Love" 
( U). Okay $8,000. Last week,, "Dan- 
gerous Journey" 1 20th ). and "Moon- 
light Cactus" (U). nice $9,000. 
I Riallo (Fox) (878: 35-74)— "Irish 
Eyes Smiling" (20th ) and "Shadows 
in Night" (Col), after week at each 
Denver, Esquire, Aladdin. Big $4,500. 
I Last week, "Arsenic Old' Lace" (WB) 
| and. "Last Ride" (WB), big $3,500 on 
m.O. :'.. '.'.'•: ,- "'-..". "'■ .'.:'"• - . 



N. Y. Spotty, But 'Love Soldier -Pastor 
Neat $65,000, 'Master Race Big 32G; 
Park'ton' 12«a Have Not' 36G, 4th Wk 



Parkmgton' Fat 
25G in St Louis 



CREEK'-VAUDE 
HOT 28G, D. C. 



: Washington. Nov. 7. 

"Frenchman's Creek." at the Earle, 
has the downtown area by the ears. 
"Marriage Is a Private Affair" is 
next best and smash at the Capitol. 
Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3.434: 44-72)— 
"Marriage Is Private" (M-G). All 
they can handle' at night: matinee 
dull. Sturdy $251000. Last week. 
"Barbary Coast Gent" (MrG), neat 
$23,000. 

Columbia (Loew) (1.234: 44-721 — 
"American Romance" (M-G >.. Aver- 
age $7,000. Last week, "Greenwich 
Village" (20thi, light $6,500. 

Earle (WB) (2.240; 30-901 — 
"Frenchman's . Creek" (Pan with 
vaude. Rousing $28,000. Last week, 
"Conspirators" (WB). $17,400 in six 
days. -■ '•■■.'"-■" ■ ■'■' ■■■'«■'' 

Keith's (RKO) (1.800: 34-00 — 
"None. But Lonelv Heart" (RKO) 
(2d wk>. Trim $10,000.. Last week, 
above estimate at socko $16,000. 

Metropolitan (WB) (1.800: 3.0:55) 
—"Heavenly Days" (RKO >: Neat 
$7,500. Last, Week, "Arsenic Old 
Lace" (WB), $7,000. ' 

Palace (Loew) (2,778: 44472 ) — 
"Laura" (20th). "Praised bv crix but 
only fair $1 7,000. Last week. "Love 
a Soldier" (Par), thin $15,000. 



'Monahans'-Barnet Tall 
$28,000 in Hub; 'Affair' 
Lusty 36G, Two Spots 

' '■ " Boston, Nov. 7. , 

Election week remains the real 
trouble in the Hub. biz; remaining off 
but showing signs of coming to life 
after week \years on'. "Conspirators" 
is doing well, however, at the Met. 
"Marriage Is Private Affair" looks 
solid enough at the State and Or- 
pheum. . .. .-:-'•:. 
Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3:200; 50-$1.10)— 
"Merry- Monahans-" iU ) and Charlie 
Barnet orch. others, on stage. Film 
and band sharing honors for rousing 
$28,000. Last week. "Bride by Mis- 
take" (RKO) mikI Clvde Liicas orch 
on stage: $26,000. 

Fenway ' (M-PV * 1.373: 40-74 )— 
"Till Meet Again" (Par) and "Great 
Moment" (Par); Here from Met; 
okay $6,700: Last week. "Conquering 
Hero" (Par) and "What a Night" 
(Mono). $8,000. 

Majestic (Shubert) ( 1:500: $1. 10)— 
"Bcrnadetie" (20th) (27th wk). Still 
pedalling along at solid $4,000. Last 
week, near same. « 

Memorial (RKO) (2,900; 40-75)— 
"Irish Eyes" (RKO) and "Meantime. 
Darling" (20th ). Opened here yester- 
day (Mon.). Last week. "Master 
Race" (RKO) and "Reckless Age" 
(U) (3d wk). okay $10,000 in four 
days. . : , 

Metropolitan (M-G) (4.367: 40-74) 
—'•Conspirators" (WB) and "Dark 
Mountain" (Par). Reasonably good 
$25,000. Last week. "Till Meet Again" 
(Par) and "Great Moment" (Par), 
$23,000. 

Orpheum (Loew) < 2.900: 35-^5)— 
"Marriage Is Private" (M-G) arid 
"Mark Whistler" (Col '. Great $25,- 
000 although film slammed hard by 
crix; Last week. "American Ro- 
mance" (M-G). $23,000. 
Paramount (M-P) (1.700: 40-74 >— 
; "Till Meet Again" (Par) and "Great 
'Moment" (Par). From Met: not too 
j good $15,000. Last week. "Conquer- 
ing Hero" (Par) and "What Night" 
(Mono). $16,000. 
I Slate (Loew) (3.200: 35-75)— 'Mar- 
I riage Is Private" ( M-G ) and "Mark 
I Whistler" (Col). Nice $11,000. Last 
• week. "American Romance" (M-G), 
, ditto. 

! - Translux (Translux) (900 : 30-74)— 
"Stranger in Night" ( Rep ) and "Thief 

; Meets Thief" (Brit) (reissue). Okay 

J $6,000. Last week. "Renault's Se- 
cret" (20th) and "Undying Monster" 

Ci20th) (reissue), $6,500. . '« 



St. Louis. Nov 7. " 
Running solo at Loew's. "Mrs. 
Parkingtbn" is showing its heels to 
all ooposish. Other deluxers are 
only average. 

Estimates for This Week 
Loew!s (Loewi (3.172: 35-55)— 
"Mrs. Parkington" (M-G). Hefty 
$25,000. Last week. "Summer Storm". 
(UA) and "Mark of Whistler" (Col), 
$13,500, below average, 

Orpheum (Loew I (2,000; 35-55)—^ 
"Summer Show" (UA) and "Mark of 
Whistler" (Col). Good $5,200. Last 
week. "Barbary Coast Gent" (M-G > 
and ^Meet Miss Bobby Socks" (Col ), 
fair $4,500 

Ambassador ( F&M ) (3.000; 55-60) 
—"Master Race" (RKO i and "Going 
to Town" (RKO).; Nice $15,000. Last 
week, "Bride by Mistake" (RKO) 
and "Music Manhattan" (RKO), 
same.' ■ " ■',' --."■■ •' '"■'■•'.■ 

-; Fox (F&M> 15,000: 55-60)— "Con- 
spirators" (WB) and "Big Noise" 
(20th). Modest $14,000. Last week. 
"Casanova Brown" (RKO) and 
"Dixie Jamboree" (PRC), $13,000. 

Missouri (F&M) (3,500: 55-60)— 
"Bride by Mistake" (RKO) and 
"Music Manhattan" (RKO). Good 
$10,000. Last week, "Irish Eyes" 
(20th) 

(20th). $6,000 

St. Louis <F&M) (4.000: 40-50)— 
"Block Busters" (Mono) and "What 
a Night" (Mono): Fair ,$4,000. Last 
week; "Love a Soldier" (Par) and 
"Janie" (WB), $3,500. 



sock $14,000. . , 

Radio City (p-Si (4.000; 44-60i — 
"Laura 1 ' (20th). High praise helping 
to fine $13,000. Last week. "Irish 1 
Eyes Smiling" (20th i. $14,500. i 

Statt (P-Si (2.300; 44-60)— "Hearts 
Young and Gay" VPar) (2d wk), 
Profitable $8,000 after good $11,000 
first week. , . ■ ' 

Uptown (Par) (1.100; 40-50 i-^-j 
"Rainbow Island" (Pari: First nahe ' 
showing. Moderate $2,800. Last i 
week. "Casanova Brown" (RKO),! 
okay $3,400. . - •'-.. '...y-.v','- ,"■ ■ ' 

World (Par-StefTes) (350, 75-$l. 10) Although some shows are doi.pg 
—"Wilson" (20th ) (2d wk >: Move- i very well, general tone. o£ business 
over from Century for first-run jpn Broadway through the past week 

wk), mild $2,000 after eight days at h ' yel feaehing a high pitch. A good j 
State, i take was looked for yesterday (Tues- • 

— - ; day i with maiinee crowds offsetting 

any siuihp at night when expected 
that most folks would be listening to 
returns. Biz was quite light yester- 
day morning.. '■•'.'■'.'■*'•:•":"■.'.'■• 

Only two new shows put into port 
during the past week. "I Love a 
Soldier." playing the Paramount 
with Tony Pastor's band. Bert 
Wheeler. Marion Hotton and Hal Le- 
Roy in person, tykes the house to a | 
lower figure on first week at $05,000 
than it has done, in a long time, al- 
beit this is nice profit. "Master 
Race." which came into, the Palace 
last Wednesday (li, is doing a big 

$32,000. , -■■ ••■ 

Very vigorous among holdovers is 
"Mrs. -Parkinglpn" at the; Music Hall, 
where an extremely strdng $120,000 
is expected this ( fourth! week. Goes 
a fifth.. At another stageshow house, 
Capitol, "Marriage Is Private Affair," 
"Blind pate" radio show; with 
Aiiehe Francis, plus Johnnie John- 
ston. Bol) Strong orchestra and Ella 
Mae. Morse/ the second week's , gate 
is substantial ; at- $65.906, 'and holds. 
'"Have and Have 'Not" continues very 
steady at the . straight-film Holly- 
wood, where if completed its fourth 
stanza last night at hear to $36,000. 
Most other. shows vary froriv weak to 
okay. - > - . ! ..'•'■" •.'•..".<: ■' - 

Roxy brought in its new bill. 
"Irish Eyes Are Smiling." with Ray 
Bolger. Waller Nilsson. Carr 'Broth- 
j ers and Gracie Barrie on stage, yes- 
j terday. a day ahead of usual sched- 
ule. Final six days on fourth week 
of "Laura," Hazel Scott. Jackie 
Miles and Jerry Wayne, at Roxy, 
., was sturdy $,73,000; An opening to- 
f Sweet and Lowdown | day (Wed.) is "Lost in a Harem" at 

the Criterion. ..."'.-■' 



Saddle' Fancy $15,000 
Pacemaker in Denver 

Denver, Nov 1. 

"Rainbow Island'' is standout cur- 
rently, being stout enough to hold 
over at the Denham. "Since .You 
Went Away" looks sturdy on second 
week at Denver and Esquire. "Tall 
W Saddle" is surprisingly strong at 
the Orpheum. 

Estimates for This Week 
. Aladdin (Fox) (M00: 35-74 )— 
'Captain of Clouds" (WB) and "One 
fool in Heaven" (WB ) I reissues). 
Fine $T,500. Last week. "Irish Eyes 
Smiling" (20th) and ."Shadows in 
Night" (Coll, moveover, fine $7,000. : 

Denham (Cockrill) (1.750: 35-70 i— : 
Rainbow Island" (Par). Big $14,000 

3nd holds. Last week. "Love a Sol- 
ier" (Par) (3d wk). fine $10.fl00. 
Denver (Fox) (2.525: 35-7.4 )--- 
Stnce Went Away" (UA) (2d wk 



MPLS. STOUT DESPITE 
P/S; 'LAURA' $13,000 

Minneapolis. Nov. 7. ,-, 
A record of five holdovers tips j 
how business is on upswing current- j 
ly .. Qf theWe, ■Woman in the Win- ] 
dow." "Irish Eyes Are Smiling." - 
"Our . Hearts Were Young and Gay'.' ] 
and "Arsenic and Old Lace." last- j 
named in fourth week,- continue to 
click. Top newcomer is "Laura." in 
for a nice week at the Radio City. 

Estimates for This Week | 
Aster (Par-Singer ) (900: 25-35' - 
"Mark.of Whistler" (Cot ) and "What 
a Night" i Mono i. Satisfactory $2,300 
in five days. Last week, "Texas Mas-, 
querade" ( UA) and "Call ! South 
Seas" (Rep), okav $2;500 in six days. 

Century (Par-Singer)' (1.600: 44- 
60 1— "-Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th). 
Moveover from Radio City, still 
good at $7,000. Last week. "Wilson" 

I (20lhJ. light $9,000 at 75c-$1.10 scale. 

I : Gopher iP-S) 1 1.000 ; 40)— "Storm 

: Over Lisbon" iRep). Mild $3,000. 

i Last week. "Hairy Ape" (UA), $3,r 

I 400 in nine days. 

I Lvrlc 'P-Si' (1.100: 44-60"— "Ar- 
senic Old Lace" (WB> '4th wk).. 

iContinui.ng to roll, s.olid $5,500, Last 

! week, line $6,500. 

Orpheum "P-Si (2.30P; 44-60)— 
"Woman M Window"- (RKO) (2d 

I wk)., T!;is -oiu' sagged to $5,500 in six- 

1 davs ..it - •hnkiovju niter ffrst week's 



'Storm' Fine 13G, Best 
In L'ville; 'Climax' 10G, 
'Thought' Socko at 7G 

Louisville, Nov. 7. | 
"Summer Storm" at Loew's State 
is chalking up a nice gross, while 
•'The Climax," paired with "San Di- 
ego, I Love You," is next best at | 
the. Rialto. Milt Brittoh band and 
Bonnie Baker are pushing "Johnny 
Doesn't Live Here" to ia: trim total 
at the National. 

Estimates for This Week • 
Brown (Fourth Avenue-Loew's) 
(1.400: 40-60)— "Irish Eyes Smiling" 
(20th) and "Meantime, Darling" 
(20th ). On moveover. good $4,000. 
Last week. "Rainbow Island" (Par) 
and "That^ My Baby" (Rep),, about 
same, also m.o. 

Kentucky (Switow) (1.200; 30-40) 
— "Severith .Cross'' (UA) and "Take 
It. Leave It" (RKO I. Oke $1,800. 
Last week. "Cobra Woman"' (U) and 
'•Double Indemnity" (Par) split with 
"Skeflfinglon" iWB) and "Song Opoti 
Road" (UA ). $1,700. 

Loew's State (Loew's) (3.300: 40- 
60 i— "Summer , Storm" (UA) and 
"One Mysterious Night'' (Coll. Fine 
$13,000. Last week. "Cantcrville 
Ghost" (M-G i and "3 Men in White". 
(M-G ), $11,000. 
Mary Anderson (People's) .(-1.000: 
I 40-60)— "Very Thought ' , of You" 
(WB). Lot better than normal at 
excellent $7,000. -. Last week, "Con- 
spirators" (WB)' 1 2d wk),. medium 
$3,500. 

National /Standard i (.2.400; 50-75) 
Johnny Doesn't Live Here"' 



Estimates for This Week 

Astoi' (Loew's I (1.140; 60-$1.20)— 
"Kismet" (M-G i (12th wk). On 
downbeat, on 11th week ended Sun- 
day night (5), gross: being $18,600, 
though satisfactory. Tenth week was 
$21,200. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4.820: 60-$1.20) 
—"Marriage Is Private" (M-G), 
"Blind Date" radio show .with Arlene 
Francis, plus Johnnie Johnston, Bob 
Strong orch and Ella Mae Morse (2d 
wk i. Dropped somewhat. from excel- 
lent opening pace hut at $65,000, con- 
sidering election heat, still very good. 
Holds. 7 Initial , week was $75,300. 
Show might remain further than 
three weeks except that contracts 
specify jimmy Dorsey band and 
Henriy Youngman come in Thursday 
(Hi) with "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" 
(M-G) 



wk). Holding up satisfactorily at 
$35,000 for seventh week througp 
last night (Tues. >,. as compared with 
$41,000 on s.xlh. ' v - 

Roxy (20 th I (5.886; 60-$l .20) — ', 
"Irish" Eves Smiling'' (20th), with 
Rav Bolger. Walter Nilsson, Carr 
Brothers and Gracie Barrie on stage, 
opened yesterday (Tues.): to catch 
election day bi*. Concluding six 
days on fourth round of "Laura 
(20th)', Hazel Scott. Jackie Miles and 
Jerry Wayne was sturdy $73,000, 
third week strong $84,000." 

Stale ( Loew's I . ( 3.450; 43-85)— 
"Since Went Away" i Selznick-UA) 
(2d run) and Will. Osborne orch <2dr 
final wk i. Doing Well at indieateij 
$26,000 on holdover, wh-tle initial 
week ran to powerful $35,000. - - 

Strand (WB) 1 2.756; 60-$1.20)— 
"Conspirators" (WB). Les Brown 
orch and Sue R van (3d wk i. Slightly 
Off at $39,000 this week (3d ) but good 
enough to go a fourth: second was 
$42,200. ' . 

Victoria ( Manrer) (720: 76-$I.50 )— 
"Wilson" (20th > tmoveover i (7th 
wk), Slumped to $8,000 on sixth 
staiiza ended last night (Tues.). just 
fair, while previous frame (5th) was 
near to $11,000. 

1AURA' LIVELY 
34G, LEADS DET. 

Detroit, Nov. 7. 
There's further slight gain this, 
week, "Laura" and - "Meet Miss 
Bobby Socks" are sturdy at the Fox; 
"Arsenic and Old Lace'' coupled with 
"Block Busters," looks sock at the 
Michigan. .'.-' '>.- v 

Eslimates for This Week 
I Adams (Balaban) ( 1,700; 60-85)— 
f "The Climax" (U) and "Babes Swing 
Street" (U) (2d wk), Moveovers 
from Fox; fair $9,000: Last week, 
"Irish Eyes Smiling" (20th) and. 
"Meantime. Darling" (20th), tidy 
$11,000, also m.o. 

Broadway-Capitol (United Detroit) 
(2,800: 60-85)— "Step Lively" (RKO) 
and •'Enemy of Women" (Mono) (2d 
wk). Moveover from Palms-State, 
nice $12,000. Last week. "Marriage 
Is Private" iM-G> aiid "Crime 
School" (WB). fair $10,000. . 

Downtown (Howard Hughes) (2,- 
800: 60-85) — "I'm From Arkansas" 
(PRC) plus King Sisters and Boyd 
Raeburn orch on stage. Good $23,000. 
Last week. "7 Doors Death" (PRC) 
plus Geoige Au Id orch on stage, av- 
erage $21,000. ••■ '■■ , '- : ■■ ';■-'- - 

Fox iFox-Michigan) (5.000; 60-85) 
— "Laura" (20th I and "Meet Miss 
Bobby Socks" (Col). Fine $34,000. 



Criterion (Loew's i (1,700: 60:$1.25) . . . - - ,. „„. r , irhily .. , ITV aori 
-"Lost in a Harem" (U) opens here Last week - The c " max ,UJ and 
this morning (Wed.) after two weeks 



of "Rainbow Island" (Par), second 
of which drooped, ending at $15,000; 
first was sturdy $24,000. 

Globe (Brandt) (1.416: 60-$ 1.20)— 
'Abroad Two Yanks" (UA) (3d-final 
wktv Hit $15,000. okay, on second 
stanza through last night' (Tues.), 
while first was good $20,000. Remains 
three more' days. ' .with "Great Mo- 
ment" ( Par ) due Saturday ( 11 ). 

Gotham i Brandt ) (900; 60-$! 20)— 
"Summer Storm" (UA) . (3d wk), 
Holdiiig up strongly at $17,000. same 
as -for second, and remains oh. • •' 
Hollywood ( WB) < 1,499; 50-$ 1:20) 
I —"Have. Have- Not" (WB) (5th wk). 
Exceptionally, steady, near to $36,000, 
fancy, being, gross: for fourth , lap 
ended last night (Tues, i, close" to 
I $3(1.400 'foi' previous week, :. 

Palace iRKOi (1:700; 60-$l. 10)— 
"Master Race" (RKO) (2d wk). Went 
to an immense $32,000 initial frame 
l and- starts a; second, .today (Wed.), 
Final five'' davs on holdover of -j 
"Heavenlv Davs" (RKO). only $11,- | 
300. thin. : '.- V -..:■'•..' ', | 

Paramount (Pari (3:6(54; 60-$l.20) 
—"I Love Soldier" 'Pari. Toiiy Pas- 
tor orch, Bert Wheeler. Marion Hiit- 
Kon and Hal LeRoy (2d wk). S.omer 
) what: below' noi rnal for this house at 
I $65,000 on initial '.-'week-, ended last 
[ night. (Tues: I. albeit substantial \ 
profit. Third week lor "Hearts Young 
and G»v" (Par ),' Frank Sinatra and. 
Raymond Paige' orch: . big $88.000. ". " 
.„,:,, ,., 4nn- 40- - Radio, City Music Hall (ROekefel- 
.?,",'» ■ iiMhi ' l.lors i (5.945: 604 1:10 '-"Mrs.; Park- 
inglori" 'M-G' and st.ageshow ; (4th 
win. Continuing at very consistent 
pace, -this week / (3d) appearing 
stnasii $120,000. while second ~was 
SI 2!. 000. :- ; : ■,■;■-'''' 

Republic (Brandt i (1.064; 50-$1.10) 
— "Waterloo Biidge" (M-G) (reis- 
! sue i 1 2d wk-. Not pulling here, ini- 
tial holdover' session being only $8,- 
was S9.200. 



ring- Street" 
: (United . 



• U), dull $25,- 



Babes Sv 
: 000. 

Madison (United Detroit) (1.800: 
60-85)— "Dr. Was'el": (Par) and 
"Lady Let's Dance" (Mono). Back 
in loop for fine $6,300. Last week, 
"Wing Prayer". (2l)th ) and "Mask 01- 
mitrios" (WB). okay $6,000. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4.000; 
60-85 >— "Arsenic Old Lace" (WB) 
and "Block Busters'' (Mono). Nice 
$31:000. Last week, ".Summer Storm" 
(UA) and Charlie Spivak orch, $34,- 
ooo. ..•' ■ - ■; : , •'-. :..".'';'-.. 

Palms-State 'United Detroit i (3,- 
000: fia-85)— "Abroad Two Yanks" 
(UA) and "Call -of Jungle" (Mono). 
*liid $14,000. Last . week. "Step 
Livelv" ( RKO i. and "Enemy ' of 
Women" ' Mono >. lusty $18,000. '- 
■'■ United Artists 'United Detroit) 
■ (2.000; 60-85 >— "Frenchman's Creek" 
(Par) (2d wk '. Oieat S27.000 after 
last week's, new high lor regular 
scale at $33.0011. 



(Mono) and Mill Britfnn band, Bon- 
nie Baker, others, orr stage. Snappy 
$12,000. Last week. "Are These Par- 
ents" (Mono) plus Old Timer's Frolic, 
on stage;'medium $10,000. , 

Rialto (Fourth Avenue) (3.400; 40^ 
60 1— "Climax" iU !,-.arid "San Diego, 
Love" (U K ■ Mild $10,000 or . near. 
Last week. : "Irish. Eyes." Smiling" 
(20th) and' "Meantime. Darling" 
(20th), fine $14:000. 

Strand 'Fourth A 
60)— "Wing arid 'Prayer" (20th. i arid 
"Big Noise" (20th). Sturdy $6,500 
Last week. ''National -Bam Dance* 
(Par) and "My Buddy" (Rep), fair 
ish $4,000. :;,' . , ' 

M-G Grinds 9 

'■ ' ,..' ' ,■';'■■ . "■■ '.' ' '. Hollywood. Now 7.: 

'. Two new features gel the gun at 1,000, lean.. First week 
Metro in the next two '"weeks, niak- [Goes a third any way 



ing a. total of nine before -'the 
comeras. 

Added starters are "The Hidden 
Eye." starting Nov. 15. and "Her 
Highness and the Bellboy," three 

day- later. * 



Rialto (Mayer) ; (594; 40-85) — 
"Murder in Blue Room" (U) (2d- 
fihal wk ). Should top $7 .000. oke, on 
hokioOt'i. after near $10,000 last 
week, nice..- . 

RIvoH (UA-Par) (1,092: 76-$1.5Q) 
•—•'frenchman's; . Creek" ' (Par) (8th 



'Seed' Grand 14G, Monti 

Montreal. Nov, 7, 

"Di agon. Seed ' will top everything, 
oh main stem currently with smash 
session.; "In; Society" also is stout.:': 
Estimates for This Week : 

Palace (CT) 12.700;' 35-62 > — "In 
Society" (U). Snappy. $10,000. Last 
week.. "Conquering . Hero'';. (Par), 
near same. 

Capitol ( CT! (2:700; 35-62 (—"Rain- 
bow Island" (Pan and. "Aldrich 
Cupid" : (Par)'..: sighting big $9,500. 
Last week; "Merry Monahans" (U) 
arid "Pearl Death" ( U f, $9,000. ■* ', 

Loew's (CT) (2.800; 35-67)— "Dra- 
gon Seed" (M-G ). Socko $14,000. 
Last week. "Skeff ington" 'WB) (2d 
wk )'•;• stout $10,000. 

Princess (CT) '2.300: 30-52)— "Big 
Npise'-' (20th) and "Wing and Pray- 
er" (20th) (2d wk). Pointing toriid 
$6,000 fdllowibg best gross in three 
years, $8,000. for first, stanza.;; 

Strand (United Amusements) (715; 
35-45) — "Waterfront" (PRC), and 
"Follies Girl" (PRO; Fair $2,700. 
Last week, "Sari Fernando Vallev" 
(Rep) and "Strangers in Night" 
(Rep)' (2d Wk), big $3,000. 



fit 



Wi'diM'-Miay, No\oiiiI>«t ft, 1»M| 




Variety Reports 



■Cincinnati 



TOPS!' —Philadelphia 
WHAM!" —Denver 

ROBUST!" —Detroit 
"LUSH!" —Kansas City 
"FINE! —Baltimore 

"HARDY! 

"BRISK!' —Pittsburgh 

"SOLID!"^ 

"LOFTY!' —Minneapolis 

"PAGE SETTLNG!" 



In Siin Francisco- Akron- Providence 
Kansas City- Baltimore-Philadelphia 
Pittsburgh J Moved over in Detroit 
Cincinnati -New Haven - Bridgeport 
Hartford-Louisville -Seattle-St. Louis 
Denver-Los Angeles! 



—Lcuismile 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



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DAMON RUNYON S 




in Technicolor 



J UN E 

HAVER 

The gal with stardom in her eyes! 




DICK 

HAYMES 

The lad with stardom in hit voice! 



Damon Ronyon's "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" starring. J UNI HAVER, DICK HAYME$, 
MONTY WOOLLEY with Anthony- Quinn • Beverly Whitney • Maxie Rosenbloom • Veda 
Ann Borg • Clarence Kolb and The Metropolitan Opera Singers • Leonard Warren and 
Blanche Thebom • Directed by GREGORY RATOFF * Produced by DAMON RUNYON 
Photographed in TECHNICOLOR • Screen Play by Earl Baldwin and John Tucker Battle • Based 
on a Story by E. A. Ellington ' Musical Consultant: Mack Gordon • Dances Staged by Hermes Pan 



Top 0 f The Musicals from 




The Company That'sTop 0' The Industry ! 



CENTURY-FOX 



SMASH 'EM WITH THE SIXTH WAR LOAN! 



Next 8 tin day evening, November 12, all 
America will hear lor tke first time tke new 
JEROME KERN music (witli lyrics ty EX 
Harhurg)''from tke Universal Tecknicolor 
production, "CAN'T HELP SINGING;" 

Tkis score, wkick already kas excited tke 
music world, will ke featured on tke 
Texaco Star Tkeatre program, starring 
James Melton, in its Coast-to-Coast kook- 
up over tke Columkia Broadcasting System. 




DuRBIN ' 



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MIT HELP ^INGlHr. 
a TECHNICOLOR 

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DAVID BRUCE LEONID KINSKEY RAY COLLINS JUNE VINCENT ANDREW T0MBE8 THOMAS GOMEZ 

*>.w «. FRANK RYAN *ww *, FELIX JACKSON Am* FRANK SHAW JEROME KERN »> E. Y. HARBIRG 



Screen Play by LEWIS Ft. FOSTER ind FRANK RYAN • Story by John Klortr »ni Ite TowftHnd 
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Wednesday, . November 19-14 



P4LfUETY 



PICTURES 



Ml 



Film Biz Set For 6th 



Continue* from pace 4 



out the country have been appointed, 
along with 41 western distribution 
reps located in 11 districts covering 
31 key cities. 

Projection Room Preems :.'.- : 

Depir.et has urged all distributor 
chairmen to institute an aggressive 
campaign for Projection Room Pre- 
mieres in .every key city exchange 
throughout the country. During the 
Filth., ■ -there were 13 such ' preems 
which repuUed in the sale of 1.110 
bonds. He said. -.'-'These- premieres 
accounted for $3,000,000 in extra 
bonds and were held, in Chicago, Los 
Angeles. . Charlotte. Philadelphia, 
New Haven and Seattle." 

Under the new plan efforts will be 
rnadc -to have each projection room 
m every key city booked with a 
special attraction for a .full six :. per- 
formance!-;'.. Plan calls for an impor- 
tant exhibitor, merchant, banker, 
civic or social leader to take over 
one of the six projection room 
preems and invite his own guests. 
Admissions is free with each pur- 
chase of a $1,000 bond. Based on 
these figures. Depir.et is of the opin- 
ion that his division alone should 
raise on additional $54,000,000. 

Exhibitors who desire the appear- 
ance of military personnel or the 
use of war equipment during the 
drive should make the request to 
the WAC bond chairman, who. in 
turn.- will apply to the local War 
Finance Committee chairman. Re- 
quests from the latter will be given 
proper consideration by the mili- 
tary; '' 

In addition to maintaining a 
steady flow of coverage of impor- 
tant national events focusing atten- 
tion on the Sixth War Loan drive, 
each of the five ne wsreels will con- 
tain special feature bulletins play- 
ing up Aim stars and war heroes in 
an appeal for the purchase of addi- 
tional bonds. Initial subject will be 
the 169th anniversary of the Marine 
Corps; second, Lt. Tyrone Power; 
and. third. Admiral Chester W. Nim- 
Itz. 

David O. Selznick, Alfred Hitch- 
cock. Jennifer Jones and Sydney 
Longstreet, have prepared the first 
of a series of trailers -for the cam- 
paign. This 150-foot trailer, produced: 
in Hollywood under the supervision 
of the Hollywood division of the 
WAC. John C. Fl inn. coordinator, 
wiil be available free to all exhibs 
from their local National Screen 
Service Exchange. 

For the first time three posters 
plugging the three big "musts" of 
the campaign— War Bond Premieres. 
Free Movie Day. and Children's 
Matinees — will be available free of 
cost to exhibs. These, too. will .be 
available at all National Screen 
Service exchanges. . • ; 

Two coast-to-coast major broad- 
casts have been arranged for the 
evening of Nov. 20. kickoff day of 
the drive, and Dec. 6, the eve of 
Free Movie Day. Songs and short 
announcements on records will also 
be available for plugging the sale of 
bonds on radio stations throughout 
the nation. 

In addition! six familiar Hollywood 
voices, via recordings, will make pa- 
triotic appeals in 18.000 theatre lob- 
bies. Voices are those of Humphrey 
Bogart, Paulette Goddard. Cary 
Grant. Alan Ladd. Fred MacMurray 
and Walter Pidgeon. . 



presided at an enthusiastic meeting 
of more than 200 exhibitors to for- 
mulate plans for participation in the 
industry's Sixth War Loan drive at 
the Little theatre here last Thursdav 
(1), 

Max. E. Youagstein outlined the 
publicity, ad and exploitation cam- 
paign for the drive, and displayed 
the complete list of accessories to be 
available for exhibs during the cam- 
paign. ' ; . ' ';■>"' '. : -. V.- ■■ 



Exhibs Pledge Buffalo 

• Buffalo, Nov.: 7. 

More than 236 theatre owners ir. 
this- area pledged 100^; cooperation 
to the film industry campaign for the 
Sixth War. Loan drive at a meeting 
here Wednesday (1) at the Statler. 

Besides William Crockett, national 
vice-chairman; Francis S. Harmon, 
WAC coordinator, and others repre- 
senting the film industry, speakers at 
this session included Major Joseph J. 
Kelly, of Buffalo, and Col. John M. 
McDowell, commanding officer of the 
Second Service Command. 



Moe Silver's Mtt Bally 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 7. 

Exhib and distrib reps of Western 
Pennsylvania and West Virginia 
last week (2) pledged to surpass 
their Fifth War Loan record at a 
meeting here at the William Perm 
hotel, preliminary to the opening of 
the film industry's Sixth War Loan 
drive. • :•;■'.„.■ 

M. A. Silver, state chairman of the 
group, who presided, declared many 
new activities in the effort to sur- 
pass whatever quota is set for the 
industry are being planned. 



,'.'.•/ Thilly Set to Go 

. Philadelphia, Nov. 7, 

One of the most effective ad, pub- 
licity and exploitation drives is un- 
derway in this area to put over the 
film industry's participation in the 
Sixth War Loan campaign. 

Blueprinting of plans for this drive 
by exhibs and distribs here will take 
place at a meeting to be held Mon- 
day (13) at the Warwick hotel, to be 
presided over by Ben Fertel, exhio 
state chairman of eastern Pa; Isidor 
Epstein, of southern New Jersey, and 
A. J. DcFiore, of Delaware. 



Detroit Ditto 

Detroit. Nov. 7. 

Attending delegates at the Sixth 
War Loan . rally held at the Book- 
CadiUac here Thursday (1) respond- 
ed enthusiastically when asked to put 
forth extra effort in order to combat 
complacency, pre-Christmas and pre- 
lncome tax difficulties expected to 
arise during the drive. . ' 

State exhib chairman Ray .Branch 
announced the intention of making 
every theatre in Michigan an issuing 
agent for b6hds during this campaign. 



Lowenstein-Damis Key 'Em 

Newark. Nov. 7. 
: N. J. Exhibitor ' state .chafrhtan 
Harry Lowenstein and Frank Damis 



share, he calls "a rhythmic, integrat- 
ed theatre" that blends drama, music 
and dance into one, to tell a story. 
All three art forms aid in the tell- 
ing, the music and dancing as well 
as the book. Best example, so far, 
he says, is "Oklahoma!," whose 
subtle charm was this integration 
for an organic unity. Mamoulian 
used this technique first with 
"Porgy" in 1927. but feels the new 
trend was first really discerned w hen 
he staged ^Porgy and Bess." But 
because it's been classed as an opera. 
Mamoulian thinks that "Oklahoma!" 
has had, and will have, the greatest 
influence on musicals, being closer 
than "Porgy and Bess" to that style. 

Mamoulian claims this rhythmic 
integrated musical, which is neither 
opera, operetta or musical comedy; 
but for which he's found no name 
yet, will be the truly American form 
of dramatic theatre, and be most 
representative of America. "Com- 
bine the three art forms rhythmic- 
ally," he says, "and you have a po- 
tential weapon to stir audiences.'' .'*'.;.. 

Mamoulian based his three mu- 
sicals en older plays (on "Porgy," 
"Green Grow the Lilacs" and 
"Rain" J because no one. he says, is 
writing originals good enough for 
Iris purpose. The older plays aj>T 
pealed to him. he said, because all 
were different facets of Americana, 
the Frisco jade that was Sadie being 
as peculiarly American as the 
Charleston Negro, of "Porgy and 
Bess," or midwest ranch hand of 
"Oklahoma!." Developing his inte- 
grated theatre steadily since "Porgy 
and Bess," Mamoulian says the new- 
est element in "Sadie" is toe sub- 
ject. "If this is successful," he says, 
"it will open new fields for musicals, 
taking in the serious subject. We'll 
get away from chorus lines." 



Inside Stuff— Pictures 

Without having seen the forthcoming Gypsy Rose Lee flicker. "Belle of 
the Yukon." the St. Louis Public School Patrons' Alliance recently took 
the unusual action of condemning the pic on the word of a member of the 
Better Films Council of Greater St. Louis. Advices from the east report 
that the film had not been completely edited nor has it ever been screened. 

Mrs. Doris Schmidt, a member. of the Alliance arid delegate to the Better 
Films Council, said the Alliance's action came about in the following way: 
At the meeting she. attended she declared that Mrs. A. Burt, member and 
former prez of the Council, recommended that the Alliance protest against 
the showing of "Belle" locally, because she had seen a preview of it iri 
the- east and it contained several .suggestive scenes. According to Mrs. : 
Schmidt, Mrs, Burt opined that children, especially, should , not be per- 
mitted in audiences that might see the film. Mrs. Schmidt further stated 
that Mrs. Burt suggested that the Alliance write to the New York office 
of Will Hays in a further effort to prevent the picture being screened.-' 

The Alliance then went on record of being against the showing of "Belle" 
arid a story to that effect was released to the local rags. The Globe- 
Democrat was the only one to print it. Mrs, Burt is out tst jthe ■ city, 



Sinatra 

Continue*! from pace 1 



bond purchases, the winner to be 
made up "studio style" by Eddie 
Senz in Times Square, N. Y. Sina- 
tra is to make a personal appear- 
ance, launch an appeal to his teen- 
age following to buy more War 
Bonds, congratulate the winning 
bobby soxer, and escort the girl, pos- 
sibly parents also, as his guest at 
the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, N. Y. 

During the drive for bobbysox 
Bond buyers, girls will be encour- 
aged to bring piggy-banks to Times 
Square and break them open in view 
of cameramen covering the event. 
While the bobby so x brigade has been 
considered primarily a N. Y. prod- 
uct, bond sellers believe that their 
equivalent is to be found in homes 
throughout the country. 

The Sinatra stunt, it is pointed 
out. may be" staged in large cities 
wherever there are expert makeup 
men to "glamorize" the winners and 
local matinee idols to serve as es- 
corts. 

The proposed Frank Sinatra-Benny 
Leonard two-round boxing match 
in Madison Square Garden which 
had been under discussion has mean- 
time been kayoed by Sinatra's at- 
torneys. Lawyers oppose move on 
grounds that an accidental tap on 
the Sinatra vocal chords might close 
the chirper's - career permanently. 
Sinatra was reportedly willing to 
step into the ring on behalf of the 
Bond drive. 



Philly Has Similar Idea 

Philadelphia, Nov 7. 

The bigwigs directing the United 
War Chest campaign have enlisted 
Frank Sinatra to give the drive a 
hypoed teeoff this Sunday (12>— 
first time this type show biz name 
lias been called upon. 

Up to now the bigwigs directing 
toe drive in PhiHy have been on 
the conservative side and wherever 
stage or film personalities have been 
used, they have been those appealing 
to adult trade. ' - V 

Idea now is to get the kids 
steamed up about the drive to raise 
funds for home front and war agen- 
cies. - :'■ ;.-:' ■ ■ 



Manottlian 

Continue* from r»ir Z 



They're just a combination of acts, 
he says, of skits, dances and songs, 
some good, some bad, but all com- 
pletely . disjointed. The story in an 
average musical is never taken se- 
riously, says Mamoulian, but. is 
kicked around. Characters as such 
don't exist. Musicals, have even, de- 
veloped a special form of acting that 
is absolutely unreal, he says. 

The new trend in musicals, in 
which Mamoulian claims a pioneer. 



Michael Cwtiz Set 
On m Rogers' at WB 

V Hollywood, No*. 7. 

Warners handed Michael Curtiz 
the director task on "Will Rogers." 
based an the life story of the cowboy 
humorist. , 

Assignment makes three for Cur- 
tiz, others being "Mildred Pierce" 
and "Night and Day" (Cole Porter 

woe). : ; ••{;■■.; v-:-,- 



Capt. Burgess Meredith was released from the U. S. Army because of 
sirrus trouble. He was immediately signed by Lester Cowan to enact 
Ernie Pyle in "G.L Joe." This is the first picture glorifying the US. 
Infantry and the War Department is anxious to have n good. It was the 
wish of author Pyle that Meredith play the role and he so reported to. Geri. 
Alexander D. Surtes. chief of the Bureau of Public Relations. The Army 
first turned the proposition down, but on further consideration it was 
decided that "G.T. Joe" wll champion the toot soldier, and promised full 
cooperation. Much '.of. the footage will be shot at Army posts with the 
War Dept. lending its equipment and manpower where necessary to male* 
the footage factual. Author Pyle went to Holly wood, gave the studio 
technicians an idea of what soldiering abroad was like, in addition to 
approving the scenario script -'■"'. 



First redemption of 20th-Fox prior preferred shares as required by rh« 
certificate of incorporation will be made Jan. 2 next year, it was an- 
nounced by the. 'company, last week.. This will be 1,867 shares Of preferred 
§t the redemption price ot.$lC0.22% being $100 plus 22V»c. accrued divvy 
from Dec. 15> 1944. to next Jan. 2. The shares will be selected by lot from 
stockholders of record at close of business Nov. G, and will be redeemed 
out of the corporation's Prior Preferred 'Stock Requirement Fund. 

Partial solution of the wartime lack of hotel accommodations for visiting 
firemen has been worked out by two major' studios. One of theni has rented, 
a palatial home in Beverly Hills, equipped with numerous bedrooms -arid a 
kitchen where the caretaker and his wife can rustle up breakfast for film 
moguls from New York. Other lot has leased a number of furnished 
apartments by the year. It is cheaper than dickering with'hotels: 



C. J. Latta's Son-in-Law 
Cited in Glider Rescue 

Pittsburgh, Nov-. 7. 

Lieut. William F. Diebold. of Pitts- 
burgh, hailed in news dispatches 
from the China-Burma-India theatre 
of war as the hero of the thrilling 
glider rescue of an army pilot who 
had been lost in the jungle for 45 
days, is the son-in-law of C. J. Latta, 
zone manager for Warner Bros, in 
Albany. Lt. Diebold was married to 
Peggy Latta here several years ago 
while her father was assistant to 
Harry Kalmine, then zone chief for 
WB in this district. 

The Diebolds have a three-year- 
old 'daughter. He's been overseas 
for more than a year. ' 



Booking spurt for "Wilson" is predicted now that the Presidential elec- 
tion is over. Some exhibitors were reported frankly cautious that it may 
have been interpreted as subtle Democratic propaganda prior to voting. 



New York Theatres 



Tke Too Perfect Stooge 

Somewhere in Belgium 
Editor, "Variety": 

I'm currently doing my magic in 
"Broadway in Khaki", Special Ser- 
vice show. The G. I. who assisted 
me in my card trick the other night 
was completely at ease, in fact he 
anticipate my directions; So I ask- 
ed him if he had ever seen me be- 
fore He smiled and nodded. "Three 
times in England, once in Scotland, 
twice at our replacement depot in 
France---and two years ago, when I 
was a civilian, I came up for this 
same trick for you at the Park Piaza 
Hotel in St. L»uis!" - 

Sgt. Milboume Christopher. 

P.S.— Our Special Service Co. 
show was the first in Fraiice— long 
before the U. S. O. 



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Bracken's 'Risk' 

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quoted remarks were C. B. DeMille. 
actively supporting Dewey; Buddy 
De Sylva, producer at Bracken's 
home studio (Paramount*, and other 
industry execs. Studio was quick 
to deny any pressure had been ex- 
erted on any players regardless of 
their political convictions. V ?, ... .' ' ■ v 
There; was considerable indigna- 
tion around studios at Bracken's 
quoted remarks and fellow actors ac- 
cused him of showing marked lack 
of respect and regard for those in 
industry regardless o) which way 
they voted. Bracken is reported to 
"have placed his future in pictures 
at stake" at other Dewey rallies 
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HOUSE REVIEWS 



Wednesday, November 8, \9M 



Paramount. >. 1 . 

Tony Pastor On-h (ifjt . with 
Stubby Pastor; tim LeRov. Marion 
Htiiton, Bert U'licc/cf; '•/ Love a 
Soldier" (Pni). Rci'ieu'ed in tins 
week's issue of. "Vu fic.ly." : ;i ■ 



Mv Country" Final encore is take; j lltixv, flk* 

oft - oil Judy Garland singing -Strike j-.--. q u( , Foster dancers, Carr Bros., 
Up the Band" and Beatrice Kay, Gal Matter Nilsson, Grade Barrie, Ray 



In i is vaudevt Hereon! en t .' bill' is 
quite satisfying, each of lite three 
act's working well and solidly, two 
of them, Mai LeRoy and Bert 
Wheeler, .just about turning in bof- 
feroos. .Outside of .;onic gooctdrum- 
minfi by Jimmy Vincent, however, 
Tony Pastor's baiid fails to .distin- 
guish itself or, lend, much to the pro- 
ceeding's'.. VrhccnC who looks like - a 
Youngster,: beats like a vet. giving 
the band plenty 61 drive and. foun- 
dation. "'and' .'scoring ■: we'll' - , -With his 
solo pounding in "Pavadicldle Joe. 
••Pastor does his: -customary scat sing- 
ing, one number, a G. I. version ol 
• Making Whoopee" having a heavy 
blue tinge. Leader '.- 'announced he 
recorded it for the wen . overseas 
and while its double .entendre lyrics 
are okay for their- earthy tastes, 
they're . oiV-br.^e here, . . ■< : 

Pastor is featuring his kid brother 
Stubby, on the trumpet. Pastor the 
younger is a blare addict, blasting 
through several solos, and every 
once in a. While .coming near What 
sounded like a 'clinker. Some day. 
judging from Stubby's grimaces, he s 
going to - blow the top of his noggin, 
clear iip to the proscenium. Trouble 
with the entire Pastor oll'ering. how- 
ever is that '■ straight music, .unless atra 
it's truly: stylistic, or distinctive. Msn t 
enough for a doluxer any more: Pas- 
tor needs some novelties and show- 
. manly guidance. ■ ':'•• 

First of the acts is Hat LeRoy. 
probably as strong , a 'lidoflpg single 
as there is in the: biz today. His in- 
genuous personality; class and sales- 
manship,' coupled With his superb 
tapping ability.; strongly display his 
triples and eccentrics. Han the 
house rocking for more: > > '. - . .'■- 
' Warbler is .Marion Hutton, erst- 
while Glemv Miller vocalist, recently 
in "In Socie v" (U >, Abbott & Cos- 
tello. starrer. Looks well and. wears 
an attractively revealing gown.^ - ' 

Opens with "Dance With a Dolly.' 
follows with "No Doubt About It," 
a tongue twister from "Society" and 
then introduces a good change of 
pace and an effectively, saleslike 
touch With "Had a Talk with . the 
Lord." using an organ .accompani- 
ment and ■ a- .scrim chin ch back- 
ground. : It's a good switch. ■', An- 
other reason her turn.'jjv taken out 
of the straight songstress -routine is 
her closer. "How Many Hearts Have 
•You Broken?" Special lyrics ex- 
plain that because of the spots, .she 
never sees the audience. . Follows 
this up by using a mirror to shoot 
the beam back at the - , audier.ee, 
focussing 0 on service men. as lyrically 
inaicated. Both she and the gag 
went over welt. She'd do well, 
though, to change" her second num- 
ber for a pop— possibly one identify- 
in'' her with Miller,: 

Bert Wheeler, is working .with 
Warren Jackson ■;jxs. His, straight; 
Artie Rice, in top hut: garb as stooge, 
and Patty Orr for sweater girl s.a. 
It's a funny turn, good enough to 
close the first half of any bill, aided 
considerably by a good heckling 30b 
by Jackson and Wheeler giving an 
excellent demonstration Of how to 



goes over big 

Cappy Bari-a Boys (4i do. clever 
harmonica work on,:- V'Bolero," 
"Diane," "St: Louis Blues." etc., also 
.throwing in comedy bus -and chatter. 
"Evelyn Parney is a . pert tap. dancer 



Bolger;' 'Irish Eyes Are Smiling' 
1 20th) . Renewed in "Variety" Oct. 

i;.'.:-.Vv - .. -,.-:■; ;.v:"V- ;'- :^'-:': v . 



Ro.w voted a straight entertain- 
ment ticket, with this lineup, show 
well-liked, and the Martingales, male j having four- standard, turns and each 



and femme hand balancers, sell 
smooth turn. , Bmg. 



T«w - t. K. C. 

, WashinuiOHi Noi\ 2 
• Toiunw Wonder, ' Jerry Lewis. 
Jane Clement-,, the .. Roxyettes. Jo 
LdmhurdVs House O r e h e s X ra.l 
■•Frenchman's f ee!," (Pari. 

Shcnt and lively show with, Tom-, 
mv Wonder a tower of strength to 
the routine The Roxyettes open 
with a. clever ensemble, They in troy, 
cluce Tomm'v Wonder. Latter is a. 
crack soft-shoe dancer of the ballet 
school. His " routines go over big. 
For encore he brinrs on Suzanne, a 
diimiiiv fetchily garbed, and follows 
through with dance specialties -with 
his inanimate partner All adds up 
to solid hit. ' ',. ' ■ 

"Jem Lewis comes on in a long 
wig and goes through the various 
motions- of conducting while, singing 
a song. The, imitation of Frank Sin- 
atra, which he uses for an encore, 
has been done here so much it failed 
to register Jane Clements is rolled 
on in"a portable pagoda for a medley 
of songs. Then the Hoxyettes for a 
final routine,: short and snappy: 
- '•■:■.•."■ Arke. 



Shin's Buffalo 

■'. '.; Butja'o, Nov. 3. 
Summi, Kaxje Orch (Hi' Paul VViii- 
cltell. 3 Welles; "Great Moment" 
(Pan. :-..■.;•'■ ' '::.' 



hold, tickle and satisfy an audience. 
Maybe it's just because --Wheeler, 
dominates the mike, and hot the cus- 
tomary vice-versa, but its good, 
that';' for sdre. The act needs 
sanolio. badly, especially for those 
week-end customers at this family 
house : The. blue stuff is funny,. but 
too blue, especially some of the busi- 
ness with Hie prominently displayed 
girl and a handkerchief gag given 
to Jackson:' Turn , closes -With 
Wheeler's standard sandwich 
munching bit- -V'-"- Merr. 



Back at the Buff after a years 
breather, Sammy , Kaye again 
demonstrates his showmanship with 
another topflight band show. For 
his.p.a.s, Kaye is smart .enough to 
snap out of the schmaltz which 
trademarks his radio offerings, and 
his present act is overflow with com- 
edy bumps and musical bounce. Us- 
ing 16 pieces, including 12 brasses, 
bass, percussion and 2 pianos, the 
melodic routine is full-bodied and 
well diversified. Each member con- 
tributes in extra something (mostly 
comedy) in addition, to his musical 
bit and all adds up to a nifty stage- 
show package. ; . ■•..■■':-,' 

As usual,: Arthur Wright. Billy 
Williams. Nancy Norman arid Sally 
Stuart carry vocal assignments in 
streamlined style, tonally as well as 
in appearance and deportment. Win- 
chell and . the Welles provide some 
happy added ingredients for a top 
fizz, the latter being three dancer- 
acrobats' sporting a winning non- 
professional manner. Winchell, orig- 
inally caught , and favorably com- 
mented upon in an early appearance 
here seasons ago, has whipped up his 
ventro-mimic routine until it 
crackles with class and comedy bril- 
liance. 

Whole show is bright and slid 



delivering, for strong results, Add 
the Gae Foster dancers up to their 
usual par. with one especially 
sprightly number, and the result is a 
more than pleasurable hour. Show 
opened, yesterday ( Tiics; ), ahead of 
sked. on Election Day. 

MiSs Barrie emcees the. show and 
fronts the Paul Ash house band; up 
from the pit onto the stage. Some- 
what refreshing to have a gal m.c. 
She also has her own spot, as singer, 
doing "Tico Tico," "White Christ- 
mas ' "FJl Walk Alone.", ami a me 
version of 'Pack Up Your Troubles." 
latter especially good, with special 
lyric interpolation to the time of 
Gilbert &. Sullivan's "Titwillow." 
Lines deal with Hitler. Mussolini 
and Tojo. Miss Barrie is handsome- 
ly .gowned and her long-accepted 
song delivery put her over easily. 

Carr Bros; and Walter Ni'ssbn ar e 
proven attractions, former doing 
their hahd-to-hand comedy and 
straight aero work, and ; .Nilsson- his 
familiar: trick linicycling. . Cyclist 
would definitely improve his act, 
though, by eliminating some of his 
excess" laughter, gets grating after 
a while 

Ray Bolger. just back from over- 
seas GI entertainment, did about 20 
minutes ancl still' couldn't get off. 
putting on a terrific act. a clever 
mixture of comedy and his superb 
dancing. Opens with a takeoff on a 
political orator, then does a sock 
eccentric and aero routine and closes 
with a comedy: dance cavalcade, in- 
cluding, the Charleston, black bot- 
tom, boogie-woogie, conga and lindy 
hop. Even though .. the house was 
lightish : at the: fust show, with the 
populace still but voting, Bolger got 
strong laugh returns. : Actually, for 
a first show, it played unusually 
smoothly. 

Crack Gae Foster number is done 
to Miss Barrie's "I'll Walk Alone," 
girls and boys wearing old-fashioned, 
costumes, the girls with huge bus- 
tles abaft! Actually, the "bustles" are 
other Fosterettc5. bent over in prop 
horse fashion. "Bustles" break loose, 
hook up with the men and finally 
dance on their own. It's an ingenious 
twist and an effective ensemble num- 
ber. ' •■ ; . 

Band gives a good account of it- 
self throughout, and chances are few 
will realize, from the way Miss Bar- 
rie introduces each man. that it's not 
her own band. Singer, who's the 
wife of Dick Stabile, now in the 
Coast Guard, maestro'd the Stabile 
band for a while after her husband's 
induction. 1 Herr. 



sax and leads the band capably, 
while Peanuts Holland, colored 
trumpet ace does, a couple of vocal 
and instrumental choruses for a big 
hand from the customers 

Kay Starr sings "Is You Is." "I'll 
Walk Alone" and "Come Out," all a 
little stridently, but she clicks 
nicely. Phil Barton sings "Where pr 
When," making the mistake of try- 
ing to improve the tune and failing; 
'■Time Waits for No One" and "I'm 

Lost" '.<■"•' 

Bunny Briggs. colored tapster, 
,does a whirlwind routine tilled with 
sharp gestures, and has to beg off 
alter repeating the same steps 
Needs more dance material, but is a 
solid boy nonetheless. The Three 
Sailors finish the show in high key 
with their standard acl,- - ; Kite: 



Oriental, Oil 

Chicaoo, Nq«, 3. 
Laicrenee Well; Oreh Ui> with 
Jayne Wnlton aiid Bobby Beers- 
Lenny Gale; Jean, Jack 'ft Judy- 
Florence Hin Loe; "Strange Affair" 
(Col). '-';.'„: : . ; : . " 



AdaniN, ^i«»»ark . 

Newark; Nov. 2. 
Tommy Tucker Orch (16). tcitli 
Kirtcin Somerville. 3' Two-Timers, 
Don Brotmi; Burns Twins. Evelyn. 
Coley Worth; ""Call of the Jungle" 
(Mono), ' 



(Irnii^Hin, I.. A. 

Los Angeles, Nov, 3. 
Velo~ & Yolaiida, Christy & Gould. 
Jiidy Manners- Cappy Barra Boys 
(4>. Evel'w Fir.-ney. the Martingales 
(2), Pi! Bond 1 12 i; "Kiid o/ Road" 

; (Rep). ; ''--./-■'.:■■;:''•■-' 

It's not often white-tie entertain- 
ment finds il~ way to the Orphcum 
stage. Attractions such as Veloz 
and Yolanda arc usually seen at 
places like the Philharmonic audito- 
rium. Nevertheless, class dance 
team is pleasing solidly in this jive 
film-vaude palace, proving that ace 
attractions aren't ...necessarily re- 
stricted in audiences. 

Team was handicapped at opening 
show by badly organized pit crew of 
12. but •-s'trent'OUi rehearsals after- 
wards strai 'lilened-: out ■ tijsuble. 
White-tied Veloz and evening- 
gowned Yolanda warmed house up 
with rhythmic poetry of motion in 
one of their standard: ballroom num- 
bers, then went into a Mexican folk 
dance. Team jived up a minute un- 
der label of "old-fashioned jitterbug- 
ging" and fi dished ttirii With a grace- 
ful tango. . , 

Supporting acts are al! good 
vaudeville, : .Next - to - closing . are 
Christy and . Gould, a pair of zancy 
acrobats, wh:' do. their strong-arm- 
ing in comedv ; -fa>-hibn. rating big re- 
turns: Judy Manners sells personal- 
ity trid ..talent: vocally, delivering 
".The Trolley Song": a ccmedy bit 
about a ifoldicr who. "If He's Good 
Enough to Fight for. His Countrv He 
Shouldn't H: - ve to Fight for His 
Love" a .ni-i number, "I Want You 



the! surefooted timing and. delivery 
giving it peak form and maximum 
effectiveness. Midsummer temps 
boffed opening day b.o.. but tall 
takings arc in order for the stanza. 
: - ; -. ''.■:' ': Burt. 



Aallonal. l/vill«' 

l.ov.isvihe. Nov. 3 
Milt Britton Band, Bonnie Baker, 
Bdrr tt Estes. Kurt RoUini; "Johnny 
Doesn't Live Here Anymore" 
(Mono). • 



«c* : Christmas,' 



"Getting Corns ion (3). 



Britton paces through the same 
routine of slap bang comedy busi- 
ness, with the Rube Goldbcrgish 
comedy playing of the classics, and 
alldting plenty of stage time to a 
clever comic who gets a lot out of a 
novelty version of "Old Man River." 
Lads also give a sock version of "In- 
dian Gill Heap Hep." which the 
band did in the films. They've elim- 
inated the Water squirting business, 
and the old composers business, but 
Britton retains the fiddle' smashing 
routine, for a flock of laughs. Vocal- 
ist is Suzanne Carroll, blonde looker, 
who pipes "What D'ya Think I Am" 
for a nice hand. Instrumentation is 
more on the quiet side than formerly, 
with several new members in the 
personnel. Even "One O'Clock 
Jump" is not so blary as dispensed 
by Britton 's current bandsmen; aiid 
sounds plenty okay with the more 
subdued treatment ' 

Kurt Roll in i does something dif- 
ferent in the way of balancing. Main- 
tains his equilibrium mounted on a 
platform, arid rocking . back arid 
forth on a small cylinder. Gets good 
applause, Bair and Estes click with 
then' comedy dancing. 

Boiniie Baker fills closing spot 
okay, her distinctive, small; voice be- 
ing particularly adaptable for mi- 
crophone delivery. Warbles to good 
effect "Talk Me Into It. Baby," and 
a medley of tunes with which she 
has been identified in the past, in- 
cluding "Especially for You," "Walk 
with Billy." "You'd Be Surprised." 
"Resistance Is Low," and. of course. 
"Oil Johnny." All for click results, 
Bi/ light .at show caught Friday- 



Hold. 



Tommy Tucker's ace showmanship 
plus nifty stars-and-stripes back- 
drop, good lighting and clever ar- 
rangements add up to a wham show. 
Three Two-Timers, young and love- 
ly, score hi* with "AU .Things Come 
to Those Who Wait." ending in topi- 
cal election lyrics, and "Swinging on 
a Star." BotTo presentation of latter 
via luminous- cut-outs of mule, pig, 
schoolhouse. moonbeams, fish; etc.. 
garners hefty applause. "There's a 
Man Comes to Our House," sung by 
sax player Kirwin Somerville, is a 
solid comic treat; 

After crooning three pop tunes. 
Don Brown is shouted down while 
begging off and has to stay put for 
encore. A husky fella, his deliberate 
Sinatra posturings brought shrieks 
from anklet crowd and their mamas. 
Burns Twins and Evelyn please with 
precision tap dancing and Evelyn's 
toe-tap feat in ballet slippers. Coley 
Worth mixes quippage with knock- 
down-and-drag-out dancing with his 
unbilled stooge, "Marcia," closing 
with first-class miming of Groucho 
Marx. v , . , 

"Sing for; Your Supper" gimmick 
brings four amateurs on stage to 
identify and sing tunes, winner, 
picked by audience mitting, getting 
two dinners at Frank Dailey's Ter- 
race Room. Tucker handles ams in 
slick fashion, aided by clowning of 
pudgy Billy Dee to put 'em, at ease. 

Biz good on second show opening 
day (2); Colt. 



. Si, C.'liarl«»s. ■ JV> 0> 

' — .," ■/. ■:. New Orleans, Nov. 3. 

Tex RUler tiul/i Mux Terhune & 
Elnier). Mifo rtctiis. Slim Andreivs, 3 
Swing Stars, Bonnie Dodd. Tex Ann, 
Diib "CannohbaH ' Taylor; "Gangster 
oi the Frontier" [Mono) . 

Lively bill on tap this week head- 
ed by Tex Hitter: horse-opera star, 
and a host of "Wild, West" support- 
ing acts that prove solid entertain- 
ment, .'■':■-.' '■'■-'"--...- 
■ Bitter . a big personable guy. 
brings down the house with his 
drinkin' song, "Rye Whisky." and a 
slightly bluish description of his first 
movie* kiss, which gets plenty of 
palm-nounding. , .; , 

Max Terhune,: featured with Ritter 
in the "Three Mesquiteers" flickers, 
is clickeroo in his ventriloquist act 
in which he is aided by Eliner. The 
Milo Twins, good-looking lads, play, 
sing and cavort with good results. 
Slim Andrews is a one-man band 
that is something different,, and 
scores. Three" Swing Stars register 
well- with their hillbilly interpreta- 
tions, while Bonnie Dodd makes her 
electric guitar do everything but 
talk: for her share of the applause. 
Tex Ann yodels "Wink at Me" and 
other sagebrush tunes to get several 
encores. Dub "Cannoiibair Taylor is 
a w.iz at the xylophone, and. the 
bravos are profuse ," ,' 

There's not a dull moment and the 
capacity audience ate it up. ,: Liui. 

Ciil«ago,Chl 

Chicago, Nor 3. 
Andreivs Sisters \'i); Gaudsmith 
Brothers (2); Tip. Tap and Toe; Lou 
Breese Orcli (16) ; "Double Indeiiir 
ntty'' (Par). , ..- ''-. 

Short on acts but long on talent, 
current bill looks like a sure hold- 
over, Andrews Sisters, who cele- 
brate their 12th anrii in show: biz 
Tuesday (7 V have the crowd with 
them all the way in some new ones 
and a goodly share of oldies. Former 
include "Hot Time in Town of Ber- 
lin," "Is You Is," arid "Corn for My 
Country." Latter shape up in a 
medley of "Bei Mir Bist du Schon," 
"Well All Right," "Strip Polka," 
"Hold Tight,'' "Roll Out the Barrel," 
"Rhumboogie." "Apple Blossom 
Time-," and "Pennsylvania Polka." 
They also tear a page from Burl 
Ives; harmonizing "Down in the 
Valley" for good applause. None of 
the old power is missing; in fact, that 
12-year -patina doesn't show a bit! . 

Gaudsmith Bros, and two French 
poodles, comedy balancing act, and 
Tip, Tap and Toe, sepia tapsters who 
work on a platform, round out the 
hour-long show ably, with Lou 
Breese and orch in for a cut also, 
dividing their share eloquently be- 
tween a hot "Spain" and a sweet 
"Holiday, for Strings." Breese is 
spotted for some neat triplc-tonguing 
in a trumpet solo for two choruses of 
the former and plucks the mandolin 
with a two-violin accompaniment in 
the solo spot of "Strings." Mike.' 



Welk's combo is a welcome change 
from the brass and boogie bov» 
who've held sway here of late. Be- 
sides the band, session includes two 
novel aero turns and an impersona- 
tor, all heartily applauded. 

Strings get a big play, as usual, in 
all the band's numbers, with the 
fiddle-wielders (one a gall especially 
soothing as backing for Welk's socko 
accordion olio of "It Had to Be You." 
"Stumbling." "Carolina in the Moni- 
ing" and "Oh You Beautiful Doll " 
Combo of "Is You Is" and "Dance 
With Dolly" opens, followed by "Hot 
Time in Berlin," Welle, .and squeeze- 
box also share a spot with Bobby 
Beers, teen-ager with a powerful . 
pair of pipes, on "Bobby Sock Tune," 
and the maestro's shenanigans with 
Beers as the kid warbles "Then Yoii 
Kissed Me" go over big. » 

Sammy Aron, orch's bass-beater; 
Jayne Walton, honey-voiced thrush, 
and Johnny Galicchio, pianist, get a 
spot with, respectively, a falsetto 
"Italian Street Song," slow and easy- 
to-take "Walk Alone," and a boogie 
tune that gets nice applause. Thrush 
also gives with "How Many Hearts 
Have You Broken" for two bows. 
Patriotic airs in dance tempo winds 
up the band's stint and the show.- 

Town is alive with impersonators 
this season, but Lenny Gale's hard 
work on Fred Allen, Gildersleeve. 
Benny. Boyer. C. McCarthy. Ink 
Spots singing "Maybe," Lionel Barry- 
more, FDR's spouse and Andy De- 
vine earn him a powerhouse baritone 
encore as himself in "Without a 
Song:",:, \-; - - 

Florence Hin Loe and Jean, Jack 
and Judy are the aero turns. 
Kimonoed to start, former quickly 
gets down to biz in a sequined 
jumper, pinwheeling, splitting and 
handstanding for two bows. Trip 
(two femfnes and man) are a comely 
team who go over with comedy 
tumbling and balancing. Mike. 

' Earle, Wash. 

Kansas City, Nov 3. 
Paul Burke, Grace Ross, Gilbert t 
Lee, Peters Brothers (2), Rickey 
Herrington, Tower Orch (9) toitn 
Les Harding; "San Fernando Val- 
ley" (Rep) and "Bordertown Trail" 
(Rep). 



HKO. Boston 

Boston, Nov. 3. 
Charlie Barnet's Orch (17); Bunny 
Briggs, 3 Sailors, Peanuts Holland, 
June Lorraine, Kay Starr, Phil 
Barton; "Merry Moiiahans" (U). 

Differing in personnel only over 
last week's show, this one nonethe- 
less proves satisfying to the custom- 
ers, of which, there were very few 
at opener. 

Band is very .big what with • 17 
sidemen to unleash themselves on 
the final chord of whatever they 
happen to be playing. It goes in for 
plenty of tension., but it includes a 
blues turte, a jive number and an 
all-outer to, finish, , Charlie Barnet 
does, a Jew choruses fjii'^he- soprtyio 



KellltN. InilpN. . 

■ . .}'■' Indianapolis, Nov. 4. 
Fisher's Elephants. A Cordovas. 
Shavo Sherman, Ricky Mason, June 
Carr & Ron Orniond, Sotiilierii Sis- 
ters; "Wine Girls" (Col) . 

Judy, the elephant star of Fisher's 
pachyderm troupe, is the main click 
in current layout. The nimble- 
footed husky dances in waltz time, 
juggles - a bottle in her trunk and 
walks back and forth across a nar- 
row board to cap a versatile per- 
formance that makes a hit with all 
ages. Talent on the human side is 
bke but depends too much on imper- 
sonations to get the best results,, two 
of the: acts mimicking celebrities. 
Ron Ormond, who does a good job 
as emcee, imitates Winchell, Heat- 
ter. Sinatra and others in a ' tricky 
radio dial routine - with his partner, 
June Carr. Shavo Sherman does 
take-offs on Ted Lewis, Hugh Her- 
bert. Groucho Marx and Jimmy 
Durante, to top a. long list. Both 
boys are clever but have bad luck 
not only in appearing on the same 
bill but in following each other. . 

Rickey Mason gets some laughs 
with his comedy magic routine and 
lifts some eyebrows when he quits 
kidding long enough to swallow a 
string and several razor, blades and 
cougnts them up with the blades on 
the string. The Cardovas have a 
thriller in their barrel jumping act. 
The two Southern Sisters contribute 
a snappy acrobatic dance routine to 
round out the bill. Biz fair when 
caught, , .,' ■■;;'■; ,Corb. 



Tower supplements its dual horse- 
opera screen bill this week with a 
fast 40-minute stage revue which 
rates hibh in entertainment values. 
Les Harding fronts house orch, and 
Paul Burke, crayon artist, doubles 
as m.c. ; '■-,.,-' ; -v.' 

Band opens with an arrangement 
of "Together" with its 88-noter, Ray 
Hughes, and Harding scores with his 
vocalizing, Grace Ross, shapely ac- 
robatic terper, contribs a smooth 
routine which clicks, 

Paul Burke pleases with quick 
sketches of cartoon characters, most 
of them upon requests called by the 
payees. His getaway bit is a nifty 
portrait of General. MacArthur. 

Peters Bros., on next, score with 
their hoofing, but weaken turn with 
feeble comedy biz and off-key war- 
bling.. Rickey Herrington, juve ban- 
joist, wiiis a good hand with his 
playing of "World Is Waiting for 
the Sunrise." 

Gilbert Sc Lee close with. an acro- 
batic control act which they point up 
with clever comedy touches, 

Bir okay. Earl. 



Capitol, Wash. 

Washington, Nov. i. 
Dick Buckley, Patsy Garrett, Art 
Brown, the Appletons, Milt Slower, 
Sam Jack Kaufman's House Orch; 
"Marriage Is Private Affair" iM-Gt. 

Milt Slosser at the console opens 
show with comedy lyrics and then 
shows how the old masters would 
have treated "Farewell to Arms." 
Trailers part to reveal Sam Jack 
Kaufman, who serves as a supple- 
mentary emcee to Art Brown. Former 
organist at this house seats himself 
in the audience and heckles the vari- 
ous acts, then comes up at the finish 
for a session on the organ. The 
Appletons con t rib a lively dance ses- 
sion in the Apache manner.' 

Patsy Garrett offers cycle of songs 
for click results, followed by Dick 
Buckley with his "Amos 'n* Andy" 
routine. He selects four members 
from the audience, brings them up 
on stage to a continuous line of pat- 
ter, then impersonates the charac- 
ters in the A & A airer. Registers 
for heavy applause dividends. 
..:■;■ Arke. 



$17,000 New Orleans Blaze 

■ New Orleans, Nov. 7. 
Fire of undetermined origin iast : 
Thursday morning gutted, the small 
Arcade theatre here,_burning s:uo- 
bornly for hours before being 
brought under control. Loss is esti- 
mated at $17,000. - 
'House was owned by United Thea- 
tres, Inc. ^: f - _ ,,- . : ' 



'VARIETIES' IOMION OFFICE 
* St. Mkrtin'a Nave, Trxfalcxr Sqaara 



PSkiety 



INTERNATIONAL 



Anti-Trust Damage Claims 



Continued from page 3 



damages; H. Schoenstadt & Sons, Inc. 
(.Chi), injunction sought. 

Ahiohg new cases filed and dis- 
missed during the past year was the 
action for $1,050,000 filed by Robert 
L. Lippert Theatres against 20tb-Fox f 
et at., which was disposed of about 
three months ago. Three actions 
against the Gntfith Amus. Co . et al., 
in Oklahopia, lor damages of around 
$<j06,000 were also/dismissed. 

Of seven ca.ses which had been 
filed by the E. M. Loew chain in 
Massachusetts,, the last two were 
finally dismissed Sept. 15, 1944, the 
other . five having previously been 
disposed of The two last cases m 
this Boston territory were E. M. 
Loew vs. 20lh-Fo.\, With $120,000 
damages claimed, and the Winchester 
Theatre. Co. vs. 20th, involving dam- 
age action for $300,000. The Miami 
Driv.c-In Theatre vs. Loesv's, et al.;" 
involving S450.000 in damages, woti nd 
up in May, 1943, w hen judgment was 
entered in favor ot the defendants 
Four of the E. M. Loew cases, dis- 
missed on consent filed in May, 1944, 
were: Gov. Rifttuc Theatre vs. Fox 
($225,000 damages sought); Loew's 
firive-.In \s Fox ($450,000 damages 
sought): Lynn Open Air Theatre vs. 
Fox ($450,000 damages sought); Ml. 
Vernon Theatre Corp. vs. Fox (.$150 - 
000 damages sought).. 

Among cases still pending, involv- 
ing some of the largest monetary 
damage claims, are- A. B. Momand 
\f. Universal. $3,000,000: Murray vs. 
Balaban & Kat/, $3,000,000; Prefect 
Theatres vs. Fov, $5,452,575: Mion & 
Murray vs. Paramount, $1,592,000; 
William Goldman Theatres \s 
Loew s, $1,350,000. 



Scliine's Early Days 

Gloversville. N..Y., Ts , ov, 7. 

3. Meyer Sehnn president ot the 
Sihine Chain Theatres, /Inc.,' during 
his recent testimony before; Federal 
Judge John Bryant in Buftalo. testi- 
fied that strong competition in the 
motion picture field existed when he 
converted a Gloversville skating rink 
into a picture theatre in 1917. His 
original Gloversville venture was al- 
most • a failure, Schine explained. 
"Even when 1 was getting good pic- 
tures, the crowd was, poor. I de- 
cided they did not like the facilities, 
so I spent $4,000 or $5,000 remodeling 
and improving the, place." 
• Schine said he later bought the 
building and', then bought, out' his 
. -competitor and spent S227.000 im- 
proving both theatres. ' 

Schine was the ■ witness heard by. 
Judge Bryant as the Schine chain 
and its affiliates opened 1 their de- 
fense against tnc Governments suit 
to dissolve the . chain as an alleged 
monopoly iiv violation of the aiiti- 
•trust laws The chain operates more 
than lfiO theaties in live states,, .' 

Judge Knight has heard testimony 
from U. S. witnesses, chiefly theatre 
owners, that ahey were unable to 
compete with Schine in getting films 
for the -'dates '.they desired. '.' 

Supreme Ct. Considering: 
Crescent Amus. Appeal 

'Washington., Nov. 7.- 
U. S. Supreme Court had under 
cbnsio'eration tonight <7) llie -Cres- 
cent Amus. Go appeal after hearing 
arguments which stretched over 
pails ot yestci day and today: 

Case, based on a- Tennessee federal 
court decision that Crescent and- its 
affiliated chains were in' violation 
of the Sherman act. 'has aspects 
which will, affect- the Schine. Thea 
.tre-S case and the coming Big Five 
motion picture consent decree case 
Wendell Berge. asst. U. S. attor- 
ney-general in charge of anti-trust 
. division, contended, for the Govern- 
ment that the district court in Ten- 
nessee, did not go far enough. He 
said that while the lower court 
found- the. anti-trust: violation, it did 
not pro\;do sufficient- relict. The. 
decision was that, the Crescent chain, 
could not acquire more theatres un- 
less the sales were absolutely vol- 
untary. The ruling required the 
.Justice Dept. to step in after the s,ile 
in case ol an. alleged violation to 
bring action against Crescent 

This was all . wrong, Berge con- 
tended. He said the time to question 
... a. sale was before- it was completed. 

not afterward. Therefore, he asked 
. the Supreme Court to order the 
Crescent group to get permission of 
the 'Tennessee court before complet- 
ing a purchase. 
Berge also asked the court to on- 
/ ioiiv the defendants from using their 
.circuit biiyiivt power to coerce dis- 
tribuiors to give them, preferred con- 
■ tracts in towns where there is com - 
. petition. ./Ho charged, the •'Crescent 



buying combine was monopolistic 
and that small independent exhibit- 
ors suffered. ' ■ '-'.-;,"■.' • / 

William Waller/counsel tor Cres- 
cent and affiliated exhibition groups 
< Cumberland.- Lyric; Rockwood, 
Cherokee and Kentucky), said the 
decree of the Tennessee court was 
"simply confiscation." He urged the 
Supreme Court to throw the whole 
thing: out on the ground that the 
Justice Dept. had failed to prove 
anything ... 

He made fun of the contention that 
Crescent could coerce the big dis- 
tributors He said the Music , Ha|l 
in N. .Y: gives a distributor more: in- 
come from a single picture than the 
distrib. gets in the course of a year 
from the Crescent group.* . .' 

The only reason for the buying 
combine, he continued, was to buy 
pix a little cheaper. He said this 
was- perfectly legitimate business. 

Before the hearing opened the Su- 
preme Court rejected a request from 
Society Independent Motion Picture 
Producers that it he. permitted to . file 
its brief as an intervener in the 
case. The court had turned the re- 
quest down earlier/but SIMPP asked 
that it reconsider. 

Waller toW court (here. is "no in- 
dependent evidence of conspiracy." 
He asked -that photostatic copies of 
letters taken bv the Government 
from distributor' hies be. disre- 
garded.' .•/-.' -;.;>' .. 
: . There was considerable, ((jscussion 
of Statement by Tennessee court that 
"combination:' but not ••conspiracy" 
was evidenced. Waller said the se- 
cret of Crescents success .was giving 
"City theatres" to small towns. He, 
asked that the court not uphold the 
Tennessee order that individual de- 
fendants divest themselves of stock 
in more than one of the defendants' 
circuits. "There is no logic to this 
order; it's - purely punitive.'' Waller 
said.- •'.'•• "• *■■■■■' ■■<:'■■ ■■'■,.■■■ i'. 'l '',: '. 



Hummel Looks to Paris 

Joseph S. Hummel, foreign sales 
manager at Warner Bros., who re- 
cently was named W.B managing di- 
rector for all of Europe, expects- to 
shove off for Paris soon. He's, been 
okayed for transportation and now 
only needs, to. have his visa approved 
by the French government. 

Karl G. Maedonald, assistant for- 
eign sales manager, has been named 
assistant to. Wolfe Cohen, recently 
Darned managing director for Latin- 
America, Australasia and the Far 
East.- Macdonald will be stationed 
in N, Y. while Cohen plans v isiting 
his new territories, at least , at the | 
outset. '-.'''-., ; •..-' •'/-./'.'.■V;--;-.'V'..'-'' '-.-,:■]. J 

Both Hummel and' Cohen were 
named in a division of foreign su- I 
peryision by Warners when, Robert j 
Schle.ss resigned as foreign chief. 
Max Milder was kept in charge of 
Great Britain; otherw.se, the foreign 
territory was split between Hummel 
and Cohen. , * 



Aussie Indie Exhibs Win Boothmen's 
Aid in Fight Vs. High-Rental U.S. Pix 

• . ' ■ ■ — i — : — — ♦ Sydney, Nov. 7 

i*K /i t>- j» '•'"'••' Australian independent exhibitors 

Merry-(jO-KOUnd 1 have u>sed a bombshell among dis- 

THrk<s in T finrfan tl; ' bui01 ' ,s ' !iU "S el >' American com- 
..yuins in uvny.Jii | sanies, by getting theatre projection- 
London, Nov, 7 ! i-ts-to refuse to screen all pictures 
"Merry-Go-Round," which opened ! blacklisted by indies. Independent 
at the Adelphi, Nov. 2, was splen- | r\;iibitors' association has adopted a. 
didly received. It's a pleasing mix- I formula ' whereby- any feature on 
ture of Russian ballet and revue, | v 'liich: the rental has .been raised to 
something like Chauve-Souns I wiiat they feel is an. excessive figure 

Outstanding success of production ! m »\ be placed on the blacklist As 
is George Lacey, vaudc and panto- - Hie association's 'attitude .now -.-tands,. 
mime comedian, seldom seen hi Loii- such blacklist continues indefinitely. 



don. 



B'way Hit 

- Continued front page I s 

week by those leaders whose grosses 
dropped. Only-fan' business Monday 
(election eve), was reported, how- 
ever, b.ut boxofl'icc activity indicated 
goodly advance sales. . 

Two of last week's- -four legit- arri- 
vals abruptly, closed Saturday i4) 
and another brace dropped out of 
the list/as expected, but the booking 
situation is still a problem. Man- 
agers are. very: active in producing, 
even, though- they are not sure of 
getting onto Broadway, and those 
who don't know where their shows 
will land include at least one well- 
known showman, ' - ■ 

There are some dark-houses which 
could , be "filicd as., stopgaps but 
one such booking tailed to go 
through, othei/'unfenanted theatres 
being slated for 'attractions within, 
the next .few .weeks. According to a 
culumnist, ''.'several ' - of the country's 
ace atlnfnevs are quietly collecting 
evidence for a resti ainf-of-trade 
suit against a Broadway show firm." 
That may partially explain the book- 
nig situation. . '■-'-:.- 

New - shows which exited were 
"Sleep. My Pretty One ' i Playhouse), 
and "No Way Out' (Coi't),. while 
those which closed as; expected were 
"The Visitor" (Miller) and "Meet 
A Body" (Forrest). /Disaffection of' 
the booking of "Trio" into the Cort, 
leaves but one opening this week, 

• Rhapsodv," postponed at the Cen- 
tury until Nov. 22 leaving. only a- re- 
vival of "Robin Hood," Adelphia. 

Although most Broadway film the- 
atres arc on holdovei,- and .some 
shows are maintaining strength, on 
the whole the tone of business - has 
been oflkey during the, past week. 

Didn't Effect Northwest 

Minneapolis. Nov. 7 
Exhibs here are much encouraged 
by the fact that boxoffi.ee. grosses did 
not fall off moic during the. hot 
Presidential election campaign and 
believe that . this tact pi esages ex- 
ceptionally .good business during the 
balance of- the fall and: the' ensuing 
winter. ; 

• The drop, it's pointed - out. has 
been much less than during normal 
Presidential election campaigns,- al- 
though this- has oeen one of the .most 
bitter ever staged, with numerous 
big meetings- and: .exciting radio 
talks and forums. 

■ Most- astonishing is that during 
-the past 10 days, with the campaign 
going into the homestretch and in- 
erca.-ihg in bitterness and . excite- 
ment, a vigorous patronage ' co.me- 
bnck-has been 'ni tv;d( Hce," 



Galperson, Gain ] 
Back to England 

- Final, pa pei s were signed last 
week in deal for distribution of J; ' 
Arthur Rank's (.General Film Dis- I 
Inbutors. Ltd.) .British-made films j 
in . the Westei'ii hemisphere by i 
United Artists. Deal, for seven pic- ' 
tin es, was set and announced sev- 
eral ^months ago. Formality of ink- j 
ing was hold back until now U A I 
also had considered three additional | 
Rank films for release on this side. . 

BaiTiirgtou Gain and Dr Alex- j 
ander Galperson, representing Rank I 
in the negotiations, return to Knv- 
land within the next weeK They 
have, meantime, also arranged for 
distribution of one film through 
20th-Fox and several minor produc- 
tions through PRC. ; 

Meantime. Odeon Theatres' gen- 
eral manager. John Davis is back in 
New York for a business quickie. 
He came Over from London with 
Gain and Galperson two months ago. 
Odeon is also a Rank enterprise. 



National Circuit Set 
In Mexico to Battle 
Yank Chain Competish 



even though subsequently more rea- 
sonable rental .' terms may be at- 
winged, by distribution companies. 

Part of the new- crackdown by 
•indie exhibitors i.s said to guarantee - 
that boothmen would refuse to han- 
dle such blacklisted product. If .car- 
i. ied out 100%, it would i.hm l that 
U. S. distributors would he. unable 
10 get their high rental films, -ueh 
as For Whom the Bell Tolls, "Song 
of Belnariette." "Since YoU Went 
Away" and others into subsequent-, 
run houses in country and siioiirban 
rca.s. - " ' r '--.'•-'-'-.' ,. - ■■ 

Not known yet what will happen 
should an indie agree to terms for 
one of so-called blacklisted films, 
and then find that his. regular pro- 



v -v/ ■'/'.'; Mexico City, Nov . 7. 

For the ' announced purpose of 
curbing ..'the . alleged monopolist 
cinema activities of William Oscar 
Jenkins, American exhib, the Grand 
National Circuit, comprising about 
MOO houses in Mexico, has- been or- 
ganized here by interests: headed by 
Eiiiilio Azearraga, operator of .two 
big local cinemas and two radio sta- 
tions Four first-run theatres head J je C lj on fst would not handle it. How> 
the circuit which has been mcoi- l V eV, the trade is inclined to believe 
porated. , ', that such a boycott : Of high-rental 

..Circuit was . organized as a- result - n| , m u(Hlld „ ot prove entirely ef- 
ot. the row kicked up by Emprcsa |: f.ective - 
Esnectaculos of Tampico over dis-.j A ' uysic independent cshibs" have 
.tributiop. rights to Mexican p. ctun s. b(;en comp i a ining for liionths ..bout, 
of its houses and those of Jenkins .; the proposed terms oh these high- 
National, circuit members arc ohli- i |j u( iget teatuies. -They claim -that/ 
gated, to contract product col- „„! y normal percentage levms or 
Icctiv.ely. - . • j usual flat, deals should apply. Ad- 

mission prices have- beceiv' kept in 



Mexico Exhib Unable 
To Grant Pay Boost, 
Rents House to Staff 

Mexico City, Nov. 7. 

Picture industry here, is Watching 
closely the experiment of the em- 
ployee-operation of Cine Principal, 
now. a . s'econd-i'uh cinema. House 
has undergone many changes in its 
long operation .which started - more 
than 100 years ago. It- was a stage 
house until 1931 when burned out by 
a blaze. After that, it became a scc- 
ondrfuTi.y • ' •..'••'.' ; : .' — /. 

Wheli Cine Principal employees 
Struck for a_30 •}. pay hike, ': Alan net 
Angel Fernandez, opeialor, Charging 
business would not permit this in- 
crease, made- a deal Whereby house 
attaches could run the house.' Okayed 
by the. labor board, the employee 
group is running it on a co-op basis, 
paying Fernandez a royalty for use 
of equipmcrir and furniture;.- 



Current London Shows 

; London, Nov. .7. 
"Arsenic & Old Lace," Strand 
"Banbury Nose," Wyndhams. 
"Bird In Hand,", St. Martin's 
"Blithe Spirit," Duchess. 
"Felicity Jasmine/' St. James. 
"Happy & Glorious," Palladium 
"Honeymoon," York's. . 
"Jenny Jones," Hippodrome. 
"Last- Mrs. Cheyney," Savoy, 
"Lisbon Sifory," Stoll. 
"Men Me Victoria/' Vic. Pal. 
"Mei lie England," Winter Gar, 
"MeiTV-Go'-Kouml," : A(iclphj. 
"No Medals,", Vaudeville. 
"■Peek-A.-Boo," Whitciiall. 
"Pink String/?- Phoenix 1 . 
"Private Lives," Apollo: 
"Sadler's Opera," Prince-*. 
"Scandal at Barchesttr/' Lyric 
"Sweeter Lower," Ambassadors. 
—Three's a Family," Saville. 
"This Has a Woman," Comedy 
'^Tomorrow World," Aldwy ch. 
"Uncle Ha rry," Gairicl:, 
"What Yoii Mean," Cambridge 
'"While Sun' Shine**," 'Globe - 



FRENCH-DUTCH FILMER 
IN U S. ON PARIS DEALS 

Jan J. Letsch, owner oi Films 
Orange and Vedis, two Dutch Com- 
panies with headquarters in Paris, 
arrived by Clipper from France at 
LaGuardia Field, N. Y. ' yesterday 
(.7). Said he was here for month -fo 
meet- officials of American com- 
panies, not having distrib setups in 
Europe, to try to arrange distribu- 
tion deals in France aiid other re- j 
cently released countries. -V". ' • ;. 

Letsch- said, he and- others had j 
been producing films the first two I 
years of Nazi, occupation on hasis J 
5f}"(j French films and 50' i Gerimm. ' 
B. O. on German film" howeyei . j 
showed 1 75'.; decline 
years, he said, he stopped produe.ii 
films when Germans imposed a 
licensing system with conditions 
which he and other producers, de- 
clined to accept. Some producers 
who did, he said, are sorry and 
"are now paying the conscquences." 
■/■ Main condition to which. producers 
objected was German demand of ex. 
port rights on those films in order 
to establish foreign.' .exchange with 
which to buy war material. ..Since 
■Germans would pay in worthless oc- 
cupation francs, . lie ' 'says-, he and 
other producers refused u> produce. 



hand by government's pride control 
administration, but apparently tins 
has not prevented distributors front 
seeking better than normal terms 
for high-priced product. ; 

Attitude of distribs on suciv type 
ot screen lare is that the box-office 
appeal of these, outstanding films, 
and their production costs justify 
obtaining higher rents 



French Call Halt To 
Hollywood Dubbing; 
Must Be Done Abroad 

■. -.;.'. .-./.' - '' Hollywood, X(-v. 7. 
"; Rush, of dubbed versions of Holly- 
After, tvv-o . v.-.iiod pictures for the 'foreign- market . 

was 'handed a sudden /check, by - 
: t alization that all French .dubbing 
will have to be done in France, if . 
films -are to be distributed in/that , 
country./ Meanwhile, Mexico is re- 
poitcd refusing. Spanish-dubbed pic- 
tures; out of Falangist Spa iii.. and 
similar .restrictions are- .iiiiderstood 
to be under way .in other countries. .' 

Hollywood studios are reluctant to : 
discuss tlje foreign complications but 
are slowing down 'their dubbing •ac- 
tivities, until the . situation' clears. 
■Metro, '. Warners, tv.ivcr. id and 
United , Artists, have complc'.ed nu- 
merous lore.gn versions for distribu- 



tion in liberated lands. 



Anglo-American Lenser 

Exchange Proposed CZECH FILM INDUSTRY 



Holly wood, Nov.. 7 - 
Reciprocal agreement for inter-, 
change of motion picture camera- 
met) between this country. and Kng- 
-land is under consideration here by 
International Photographers, Local 
1)59, following a proposal by the 
British. film industry, . .. . 

Deal , would permit English leiisci s 
to work in Hollywood and Amei.ican 
photogs to'accept assignments in the 
BVitish/isles. '.; ' ■-'.':'.'/''•' 



Nicaragua Company To 
Mexico on Prod. Setup 

■. ' - . ! Mexico City, Nov. 7, 
• Ameiican picture interests 'already 
in Mexico and others. which may be 
planning to come , here on a modest 
scale . may face, .competition from 
others outside the .native industry. 

N'jcai'aguati corporation, beaded by 
Gabry. Rives/ congressman in Nica- 
ragua and former film actor, is here: 
readying a . producing outfit; first 
Central-American to invade Mexico. 
Rivas claims his outfit w;i! .spent! 
$1,000,000 (Mex) on his initial pro- 
duction, using a Mexican -story and 
res* of Mexican players. - ..'.'' 



MAY GET A NAZI BREAK 

Czechoslovakia may -,oon fir.d it-, 
sell possessed of a far more extensive, 
fully equipped film production tin it 
than the Republic ever could have 
hoped lor before the war. . 

From accounts the Germans have 
moved most of their film production 
to Plague, Czech capital before the 
war, to keep their studios .out of 
easy .bombing range of Allied planes. 

Barring wilful destruction of the 
studios by, the Nazis it appears that 
the Czechs will inherit the most 
modern, best equipped production fa- 
cilities on the Continent. 



Finland Mulls Dual 
Censorship of All Pix 

Washington. Nov 7 
Special censorship legislation has 
been proposed to the Finnish Gov- 
ernment by a- special 'film comm ittee 
appointed last year v.hich just com- 
pleted its survey. 

Committee suggests dual censor- 
ship-— -by the government and by the 
film board. No film could be shown 
which would, contain anything con- 
trary to law or morals, which in any 
other respect might endanger gen- 
eral order and security or defense, 
oi; ' w'hich ! .vyptilcV ,teh,cl ( to;huiJl Fin- 
liiiid's relations With' other niitioh^. 



86 



Wednesday, November 8, 1911 




- BY UNANIMOUS ACCLAIM 
THROUGHOUT THE NATION! . ..for 

New Boxoffice Records! 
New Attendance Records! 
New Hold -over Records! 
New Entertainment Records! 



" PLAY TAPS FOR THE JAPS WITH 
SIXTH WAR LOAN SHOWMANSHIP!" 



CLAUDETTI JENNIFER JOSEPH SHIRLEY MONTY 'JJKjL 

COLBERT JONES GOTTEN TEMPLE WOOLLEY BARRYMORE WALKER 

y^'-y ..-y.y : [ y^;y-'--;)y:y yp.:. ; uiki'.CThD BY JOHN CKOMWKIJ. • KKI.KAKED .11 iV U I'M n.D ARUSIS 



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RADIO 



Wednesday, November 8, 19M 



N.Y.AFRA Code Settlement Marked By 
Comra'l Code Compromise, Soundmen 
Get Brushoff , 10% Wage Hike Okayed 



>'■ K straight.' 10-%'. wage increase has* 
Mm granted radio actors, singers. ! „ . 

and announcers under the new com- | Jgr| JUlw V3I1 LatCSt 

niercial code agreed upon last wee* 
by AFRA and networks and agencies: 
Memorandum signifying the -.new 
deal has been approved by all con- 
cerned ih . the.'TM'St. '•'•bid wltl~TtSt~:h'e- 
cotne -final until regional schenules 
are settled for Chicago. Los: Angeles 
and San Francisco,. Actually, since 
the new AFR A code requires Wsa; 
Labor Board approval, chances are 
the new contract will hot go into 
effect until 1945: It will be ret lo- 
ad i.e to Nov. \. 1944, however, ■: 

Meanwhile. AFRA i' still borifatj.- 
bing with the networks for the iu-.v 
sustaining code, which has still to .,e 
worked out: - and ,' with ' the . . rrtrri 



'Girls' on Platters Gets 
97 Dept. Store Accounts 



CBS Sustainer Exit 

CBS is dropping Jeri Sullavan, 
songstress, ft'ohi its sustaining sched- 
id}': Nov. 17: Gal had been on in the 
6:311 p.m slot daily lor about 18 

months.*: ..,'.'*-.' C ■ >■■.:,'..; ■-.' 

Previously. Web took- Jack Pepper 
and Col. Sti'opnagle oif Its ■ sustain- 
ing - list. Stoopn;<*.e being paid off 
S40O- weekly -on' a contract . running 
until.. December. •"Fun With. Dunn' 
was another recent 'CBS .casualty 



hew \ 



sci ipthm companies for the' 
platter contract. Basic demand made. | 
by the union on .the e.t. code has I 
been tor a straight 10"i pay hike in 
all categories 

New ticket . approved by AFRA j 
and • webs and agencies represent i 
compromise on both sides, negotia- 
tors taking the attitude that' in a war j 
year it was advisable to recede from : 
demands made in order to avoid a i 



Kostelanetz To 
Europe Means 
Coke Show Off 

Coca-Cola . advertising . execs and 
WPB dispute case.. AFRA agreed to | toppers a: the D'Arcy agency Han- 
pass- up its demands tor additional I dling the: account just about had 
»ff-t he-line fees and' extra- com- itime to relax after straightening out 
mercial pay for: sound men... Net- a difficult situation with the Blue 
works and agencies, in turn, ceded, network, over the future of the 
their' demands for a three-year con-- nighttime '■Spotlight Bands" strip on 
tract., signing ' instead a two-year., that web. when complications in 
pact, as well as? giving up their de- 



. .With 97 department stores in as 
nianycities now using one syndicated 
platter program, "Calling All Girls," 
a. new, high has. been set for use of 
radio by this type advertiser. Stores, 
for years, have been one of tlie 
toughest fields, for radio to crack. At 
the same time, merchandising tieups. 
made in connection with the pro- 
gram have opened up a . new Held, 
that of "teCn age departments,": for 
the. stores ''marts, enabling them to 
strengthen their holds on the kids for 
future / junior . miss- and housewife 
purchases. ; ' '' •.'•-'• ■ r' ';■ 
, ' Gil ls." based on dramatizations of 
features and stories in the similarly 
named, ".magazine.' a subsidiary of 
Parents mag, started on the air a few 
months ago with; about six accounts. 
Audience aimed at is .strictly the 13 
to 16 year old. • "'-''.'.'. 

-Program has' made liberal use of 
lilr.i and music guesters. those ap- 
pearing :.' includ i ng Shi rley . -Temple, 
Virginia Weidici:. Gloria Jean. Joyce 
Reynolds. Benny Goodman, and 
Vaughn Monroe. Ken Lyons scripts. 

Stores pay from $16 to $200 per 
platter.; syndication being through 
Johnny Sinn of the Frederick Zlv 
office. Price depends on population 
I of the city; with Gimbels. in N. Y. ' Steup of the. hew council of the 
and Philadelphia, reportedly paying | Radio Writers' Guild, elected last 



Loss of TaradeVKoIlege, RKO Strip 
Cue For Personnel Exodus At FC&B 



Continental Can Eyes 
CBS' 'Report to Nation' 

Continental Can is mulling a radio 
campaign with "Report to the Na- 
tion." CBS news dramatization, one 
of the shows under consideration. 
Program was recently sponsored by 
an association of light and power 
firms. Can company is looking for 
an institutional type of offering.. . 

Agency is BBD&O which has an- 
other client, Pittsburgh Plate Glass 
Co..' also casting around for a net- 
work show. 



Writers' Guild 
Looks Ahead To 
JU[ency Tussle 



mand for a- statute of limitations. 

AFRA, while not obtaining its de- 
mand for billing, on half-hour and 
longer shows, did obtain, a clause set- 
ting forth the advertisers' intent to 
give air credits wherever possible. 
Players feel that the door has. now 



volving- the - client's other network 
airers developed. 

Decision, reached last week by 
Andre Kostelanetz- to . make a repeat 
overseas trek to entertain GIs in 
Europe, accompanied by Lily Pons 
(his wife 1, caught Coca-Cola com- 
pletely unprepared and. as a result, 
Pause That Refreshes." CBS Sun 



the top; .figure.- N. Y: airing is on 
WNEW. Success of the program ih 
crashing, the department store field is 
credited to the fact that it's gaited, to 
the type of merchandising the stores 
themselves are familiar with, rather 
than just a straight pitch ^on "today's 
special radio bargain." 



been opened to pursue this point at a , &ay attel . nooner featurin g Kostv's 
later time, question ot getting ad- ort . h; , is .li c j n g dropped; Inability "to 

' | obtain a replacement for the maes- 
tro on such short notice is the rea- 



vertisers intent on record being we 
important thing 

Nets and agencies, also agreed to 
pay per broadcast costume fees of $1 
to men and $2. SO to women, these 
fees including repeats the same aay 
and applying to shows insisting on 
evening wear: to pay first class 
travel fees, plus $24 per diem and 
living costs when travel requires 
more than 24 hours from home base, 
with $2 per hour living costs if less I 



than one full day is involved and. 
wherever possible, to give 72 'hours 
advance notice of hiring on soap 
opera dates. Employers are: also to 
give at least two weeks' notice of re- 
newal on 13-week eontract.% ...Wo 



Program bowout will be timed 
with Kosty's departure, skedded for 
early next month/ Sponsor is giving 
up the time. 4:30-5 p.m., as well. 
Percy Faith. Canadian batoneer, 
subbed for regular maestro during 
latter's last overseas jaunt. 

Another coke development oc- 
curred when the USO postponed a 



S.R.O. On Webs 
Brings Boom For 
Indies Via Lis 



skedded European junket by Morton 
Downey, sponsored by the soft drink 
concern on (he Blue. 3 p.m.. across- 
the-board. With Jimmy Lytell's orch. 
Leah Ray. David Ross and a vocal 
group. It had been planned to con 
notice is necessary if options are not j t inue. the airer on' platters during | r e g u l a r once-weekly half-hour 
being taken up. ' 1 Downey's absence, same practice as nighttime niches using topflight net 



week, bringing into the fold a more 
conservative element which had 
more or less remained aloof from ac- 
tive, participation is a prelude to 
forthcoming, negotiations with the 
agencies this winter for a minimum 
basic agreement..; ,-' ;° ". ., . 
. Feeling is that with the inclusion 
of such top coin scripters as Good- 
man Ace and Clifford Goldsmith, to 
•serve along with Ruth Adam Knight, 
Kenneth Webb and Norman Corwin 
as the newly-elected council repre- 
sentation, will endow the Guild with 
a more solid foundation and strength- 
en its position in dealing with the 
agencies. Feeling, top, in some quar- 
ters has been that the Guild would 
weaken its position by placing itself 
in the hands of the same leadership 
coterie, with resultant pressure 
brought on the nominating commit- 
tee to bring in writers who would 
not otily lend stature to the setup 
but are recognized as workers. . 
Named with the five council mem 



4* Foote, Cone St Beldiug, within the 
next 10 days, is slated to give the 
axe to several toppers and Under- 
lings in the business and production 
ends of its radio department. 

Recent loss of three important net- 
work shows including two Lucky 
Strike stanzas. "All Time Hit Par- 
ade" and the Kay Kyser Hour, and 
the- RKO afternoon strip, ''Holly- 
wood Star Time." is responsible for 
the personnel retrenchment pip- 
gram jn progress at the agency. 
Known, too,: that the loss of the 
shows will not only afl'eel personnel 
assigned to these specific stanzas, but - 
producers, Writers, directors, ef at., 
on other radio programs handled by 
FC&B both in N. Y. and on the 
Coast, as well. 

Those affected, although they have 
no', been notified of the exit date, 
are. already shopping around fur 
I new jobs at other agencies, and sev- 
eral are known to have approached 
I program execs at couple of the net- 
I works in N. Y. for jobs. 
■ Status of; Arnold Maguire. . pro- . 
i ducer of the RKO stanza, and Paul 
I Phillips.: \vho. : . handled production 
| -.reins on ;the Kay Kyser show, arc in 
doubt, but Phillips may be retained 
by Kyser to pilot that show, a SO to 
1 shot to' stay in its same time slot 
on NBC.! Wednesday nights, for a 
new sponsor when Lucky Strike 
drops sponsorship. ., , 

Tom Hix. who produces the Cities 
Service program. "Highways in 
Melody," for FC&B. reportedly was 
called in by Emerson Foote, head 
of the agency, last Wednesday morn- 
ing (1). and given notice. Hix. con- 
sequently, began probing around for 
another post, when, suddenly, he 
was called back into Foote's office 
and told he would be retained. :> 

Unstable personnel setup at FC&B 
has been a matter of trade discus- 
sion for several years, and current 
retrenchment program once again 
is bringing the problem to the fore. 



National advertisers', unable to 
purchase suitable major network 
time to merchandise their products 
because of S.R.O. ' conditions, are 

turning to the use of hundreds of .[.bet's to serve as alternates until 1946 

were Pegeeu Fitzgerald, Carl Bixby. 
Max Ehrlich, Wade Arnold and 
Harry Herrmann. Pete Lyon was 
elected as national president, with 
Robert Newman named as veepee 
for the eastern region; Pauline Hop- 
kins, for the midwest, and Sam 
Moore, for . the Coast. Lyon suc- 
ceeds Lou Scofield. ■ ;• 
Holdover council members serv- 
ing until 1945 include Sylvia Berger, 
Julian Font. Robert Lochner and 



indie stations throughout the coun- 
try with added regularity. 

Unprecedented boom to the locals 
blossomed this month with orders 
going, out to these stations from 
Safeway Stores, on behalf of Nu- 
Maid Mayonnaise.' Edwards Coffee. 
Canterbury Tea: Gambarelli & Di- 
Vito, wine makers, and the Rexall I 
Drug Store chain. Slots bought are 



Radio Can Sell 
Self Nets Decide 

Use of radio- to promote nadio is 



vised .this summer when ■ the Irish work talent on platters. . Lynn Stone (John Madigaii resigned 

•chirpci: vacationed in. Arizona -with j Revenue derived from these pro- J'carX While holdover, alternates 
one of Coca-Colas top execs. Jjrams. time for which has been pur- I include Ed Brrnbryer. Robert Col 
| T Ingram personnel. u's. under- chased at na(iona) rates . which 



ist.iod. had waxed a (lock of 15-rhin- I 



I uter.- k|n anticipation of Downey's 
i trek. but. with cancellation an- 
; hounced. program will slick to, "in 
| person.'- performances for the most 
part. Transportation '. difficulties 
were advanced as reason for calli 



naturally, are- higher than rates to 



[ local sponsors.- is expected to. result 
in belter programming on many of 
these stations, not only iti the time 
lots ■ immediately preceding and fol 



I lowing these new shows, but 



Kobak's Chance To 
Post S.R.O. Sip 

Nighttime sales picture facing Ed 
Kobak when he takes over as Mu- 
tuai's head man. Nov. 20, shapes up 
as one offering him a tailormade op- 
portunity to step in and demon- 
strate for his new bosses the tech- 
nique lie used in helping the Blu« 
network' hypo billings during the 
wartime boom. •.'.'"...' 

The web lists' seven hall-hour 
periods open, three on Saturday. 9- 
10:30 p.m.. and two on Tuesday, 
9:30-10:30. latter segments being 
well. Red Ferro. Ira Marion . and ! tough periods to sell, what With 
Nora Stirling, with latter moving I Fibber McGee and Bob Hope as op- 
into Madigan's post. posish on NBC. Also open are the 

9:30-10 slots, Monday and Wednes- 
day. .In addition to these open 
periods, half-hours, now occupied by 
John J. Anthony (10-10:30 p.m.. Sun.) 



being pursued, by both CBS and ofT n ( ,, vn/ >,.v"iri"i-i i)"Tv,«"i.>'.'t ! dependent station programming on 

NBC this season. Former is taking .[ wlm skV^^ the- whole. In .at least one instance, I •' 

" par: in February |' sponsor has bought time on more i 

AHI'icugh all "concerned Wi;h the j lhnii one independent station for the i 
"Spotlight": Crisis. D'Arcy the Blue i tinle imn thc same program in | 



1 lie 10:15 p.m. spot Tuesday night 
to air a radio chatter stanza, aim 1 
bcSnfj to promote CBS shows and \ 
personalities; Show has been ' pen- 
cilled in to start iiext Tues.: (14i. j 
Doug Coulter. CBS program head. I 
assigning the script chore, to Jack : 
Hoins ahd production to Bob Shayon J 
Knius is titiw i.n the CBS press dept.. ! 
lj ' will concentrate on the new ■ 

Sh'H^'. '.,.-■; •"■ :..;.■"' ''^,':' .*j 

the same time, NBC has de- ; 
elded to push, its "Radio Reporter" ] 
Sunday . afternoon shatter show, 
handled, by Ed Herlihy. Show is now- 
aired on WEAF. N. Y„ as' a local, 
with NBC furnishing scripts to af- 
filiates and about 1!) or 20 of them j 
using it. Now, however, the net— j 
work, through Bill .Hedges.: station | 
relations boss. ..is ptishjng the show | 



and, MCA. \vhieh books the; bands, 
repiirt that the. situation has been 
adjusted satisfactorily, it's known 
that web toppers still are anxious to 
hypo the strip's rating, a : matter 
which apparently does not worry the 
sponsor too much. In view of dif- 
' i,Contin'ued on pane 44 1 ■ • 



Newell-Emmett Building 
Show to Replace Mercer, 
Mull Andy Russell, Steele 



^r.Hveli-Km'me'tt. reversing the cur- 
rent trend of agencies leaning more 
to increase the number of, outlets. : /, n( j more on' package show- ha- gone 
' ' - ' " into pmductioh on its own for the" 



carrying the stanza, a - letter from 
Ifedges going out to the affiliates re 
cently. ' .. : C ■/■ ':. ■ ■ 

Hedges' letter, which will be given j piacem'enl for the 
a lollowup soon, points out that radio crnss-the-board 



Is its own best promotion medium, 
and slates that the "Reporter' 
scripts are written, so they can be 
aired as a straight quarter-hour 
program or three separate five 
hiiuute shows. Letter also.stales the 
show .is available for sponsorship. 
CBS approach differs, an its prnnio- 
tiou program in that the chatler 'will 
be fed to the 'network.-' web expect- 
ing about 80 stations to carry it. 



Iirst time with a program auditioned 
Monday (fi> for. Chesterfield as rc- 
Johnny Mercer 
stanza . from -..the. 



Coast.; . •"- . - ;■ . ';■'■■' -'. 

Show, produced.: by 
uii/i Blax n*' Butcher, ha 
sell and Mary Ashworth as .singing 
co-stars: with Ted Steele; leading a 
22-piece orchestra. Gueslar policy 
aKo: planned, with Jimmy . Savi anil 
Mirrinrj Hut ton used. on'., the .audi I ion. 
Mercer program is skedded to check 
off the NBC - ChesterlieUl. roster. 
Dec. 8 •.'::■ 



I one evening. • ' . ;. , ; , 

Gambai'clli & DiVitp is sponsoring 
the transcribed s e r.i e s "Melody 
Vineyards." featuring Ray Bloch and 
his orchestra, an 18-voice chorus, 
and including a sketch on Ameri- 
cans. Stanza teed off last Wednes- 
day night (11 in N. V. oh WNEW. 
WHN and WINS. . ' ".:>'.'..■:':; ..- ' 
... : Nu'-'Maid Mayonnaise is sponsoring 
a • m lis t e a 1 .show,. "Tonight at 
Hoagy's,"- featuring Hoagy Car- 
michael. tunesmith: Harry Evans, 
Hollywood columnist; Larry Keat-, 
ing. . and ,. various musical personal- 
ities., including Joe Venufi. Stanza 
tecs off in N. Y. on WNEW on Mon- 
day i 18 1 in the 8-8:30 p. m: ; niche. 
."Rhythm Inn."; -another musical: 
stanza featuring Ted Straeter and 
his orch, Kitty Craw'ford, singer, 
and Brit: Wood, comic; which is to 
be bankrolled by Edwards Coffee 
aiicf Canterbury Tea., debuts on the 
Lariy B>'utT I s<)!!le N. : Y station Wednesday (15 > 
s Andy Rus- | a ' an - undesignated - time. - Rexall 
•Stores :'|Vas purchased time on 229 
stations throughout the. country for 
a series of regular half-hotir- shows, 
starring Charles Butierw'orth.. Rob- 
ert- -Bench Icy and Cass Daley. F,. T. 
program tabbed .."Holly wood Time," 
bowed in .last week* (2>, on. WEAF, 
N.. Y.' ■'■' ..- -- - ; 



Chi Elects Delegates 

Chicago, Nov. 7. . 
t n tn I Budget plan to finance 16hg range 

membership . drive plus a general i and "Stop That Villain" (S: 30-9 p.m., 
of Radio Writers j Wed. i are opening up early next 
Guild voted upon by members "of month when the shows leave the air. 
Chi- local will be presented by dele- 
gates, to N. Y. convention Nov. 13-14.. 
If okayed by convention delegates. 



Latter segments are good commer- 
cial possibilities with strong likeli- 
hood either or both may be sold even 



Authors League of America will be " befo ^ Kobak .'gets himself parked 
approached "to advance to scripters j behind his Mutual prexy's desk 



money necessary to finance cam- 
paign. Three Chicago Guild reps 
skedded to attend . convention are 
Pauline Hopkins. Johnny Thomp- 
son, and Lou Scofield. 

At meeting Wednesday (1), Mid- 
West committee, headed "by Dave 
Peltz and Richard Durham, was ap- 
pointed to decide final format of 
Chi Guild's program for upgrading 



Also on the open time list is the 
8:15-8:30 p.m. strip, Mon. through 
Sat,, and two other quarter-hour 
slots. 10:15-10:30, Monday and 
Wednesday nights. 

By way of contrast. Blue web 
time available' after dark is limited 
to two 30-minute periods. . 7-7:3(1 
p.m.; : Tuesday and Wednesday, the 
10:15-10:30 segments, Tuesday and 



level of postwar script writing, to be Thursday ' and Salurda >' 
presented to regional membership s ' 0t ' ° pen at prese '"' is u nderst »'« , 
for approval at December meeting t0 be P'actically sold with no info 

forthcoming from Blue sales execi 
as to sponsor or type of show going 
in. :"■ ''■ '. ; ■' :.' ; '': : :■'"' ■ ■. '■".. 



Seek Stoky Bankroller 

Sponsor is being sought for Leo- 
pold Stokowski and his newly- 
formed New York "City Symphony, 
now playing fall season at City 
Cente- N, Y. -Stokj. who- conducts 
ork gratis, has agreed to donate his 
full fee to Center if air contract is 
Hani-ocked. .'.';:'•''.';•';.'•"-:, 

Ork-'- is now operated, as are all 
symphonies^ at a. loss, deficits being 
m-ido up by oilier Center' vent tires; 
Radio: contract would make sym- 
phonic- :;'oticerts Center's -most, profit- 
-il.ile atfCiction. . . 



Arch Oboler-Greer Garsoit 
For Blue's V-E Day Show 

Hollywood, Nov, 7, . .. 

Arch Oboler is currently rehearsr . 
ing Greer Garson in a special V-E 
Day script for the Blue. Web com- 
missioned him to write the thow 
wh i le he was in N. Y: recently,' ."• 

Radio writer-producer also is test- 
ing players for his first Met ro film, 
an arlaptation „of his radio drama. 
"Alter Ego.". Miss Garson is t» pos- 
sibility for this venture, also, '* 



>V...li!*>«f«y, Nov»nih>r & fflli 



RADIO 99 



$60,000,000 SPOT BIZ BONANZA 



FCC Seen Straddling on Tele Cueing 
Swift Expansion After War With Set 
Obsolescence Remaining Headache 



Washington; -Nov. 7. 
lv ijrv. hfxjk* «» though -the FCC. 
v . i i h. \\ <si •< up its month-long 
drum hearings on Thursday i21, 
will >5i v.ttcO-e • the television alloca- 
1 ,,n ; isinr. 1, s considered :m some 
•suijH" 'tfii'ive ■ • -quarters its a virtual 
ft>t«.»ri;y Mi«t the FCC rccommenda- 
iiobs to ine Slave Dept. will, :n ef- 
ln i be • ioter'pteted - by the. ''tele 
rims ' proponents, .is .the. 'green 
•3i»ht" lor i-n itll-oul p omoiion aimed 
ai riii.mp;ng on the market, immedi- 
ately the. opportunity presents itself, 
thUtisitnd' ol set* geared 10; the tower 
fit oiirtioieK..,, 1 . .- ,-.' '• 
.'. Burden of the decision is resting 
the- laps of .ret iring FCC chairman, 
J, mes L, Fly, ancLenginecr-Commis- 
i/niier E. .K. J.rlt,- wlioV/almoSt alone 
oi the commissioners, have' been ab- 
«di bmg'.J) o! the technical ram i flea - 
t.o; <■ involved,- m the assorted ..-bids 
iui- space- ill the spectrum. Thci c 
sppt-a';*:'- eve.i.y indication that, the 
OFCC's;ir.pi.!i will be ready 01U or 
t'.iii be'ore Nov. 15. the date that 
Fiv steps ilomra chairman,, with 
ihe Stale Dept. reportedly anxious, 
ic,- .have- the 'recommendations 
'•v tapped up by Dec. 1 ia preparation 
icy the calling- of the Western Hemi- 
tphe-re: Con fix tnce to be Held iii- Rio 
dt Ji.iK.iio next. Spring. While some 
commissioners, it's reported, favored 
Jioiiling <(fl Until Dec,. I on the re- 
port, Fiy expressed his anxiety - to 
conclude The . presentation before he 
\<x sited his FCC . berth. 

Since, it's now regarded as a fore- 
gone conclusion- that the FCC will 
ilirn ?.: c6id shoulder to CBS' pitch 
lor moving upstairs in the spectrum, 
that's considered in sonie quarters 
as of paramount importance is just 
Jn.w definitive ..the commission 
chooses..' to be irt the handing- down 
of ii!- allocations recommendations. 
Jr. other words, it's. felt, that- the. 
FCC is faced with the responsibility, 
in view of the fact that its report 
iriay cue the "come on" sign for the 
-.''... iCoutimttci' on page 48) 



FDR Jumps Gun 

CBS found ilselt offering, 
plenty of apologies to its, listen- 
•cis Tilth Scla v night. .(2.) alter 
Bill Henri, in the johns-Manville. 
8 55-9 m »s slot to-sed out a CBS 
plug- and told dialtwisters to' 
s),>y -tuned lb this station'' for 
Pi esi-oten.t Roosevelt's speech at 

fi ho. ' '.':'-; . > ; j;.''.v ; '-'. ■;:'::'■<■" 

The- idea, w as goodT-cxcept 
that FDR went on immediately 
following Henry at 9 o'clock. 



SOUPS, PIX TOP Comics Burn Oyer Shuttle Scripters' 




IIS 




By GEORGE ROSEN 

■Aihtii H-rs'.. who are •■■finding that 
the spot ,s !c« technique is paying 
off p.-tmv... i safes dividends will toss 
(ipwaicH vf $00,090,000 into, radio's 
coffee • year, it's, estimated, 
Those I- t-i- .• tili?, two-mir.u'.e dye- 
miniate ( •( capsule production-, and 
va) Kg. red j. mmicks constitute "ra- 
dios.- I'onanza this year, and 
those u,s t . : t ir.cd . spots before the 
the .'igericy .men and b >:id- 
tpeli unprecedented com 



eyes o; 
caMei*- 
l-iia-i; '.t 



the 



generally agreed, probably 
rv over next year as well 
On sis of new biz, renewals. 



Time to Snrile 
Also Has Reason 



fc Rubicam a fed 
are finding plenty 
over the manner in 
Cantor Wednesday 
been wtth- 
competition 



NBC-Young 
Bristol-Myers 
.time to smile 
uhieh .Edriie 
night fi-9.30 show has 
standing that heavy 
.ever the past five years. 

There's been a flock of shows on 
the opposition nets in the same time 
ngment since 1939. but the Cantor 
"Time to Smile'' stanza, taking on 
>omething institutional in character, 
has resulted in a 'sequence of exits 
of rival programs. Opposish to Can- 
tor on CBS over the past five, years 
has included Fred Allen, Lionel 
B.-irrymore, Bob Burns and Shirley 
Temple jh the "Junior Miss" series. 

Latest bo wont from the CBS Wed- 
nesday night, slot is Frank Sinatra, 
whose Vim wis show : moves over 
Nov, 20, to the Monday night slot 
bt ng vacated by the Joe Howard 
'-Clay 90V program. Latest to buck 
the Cantor stanza will be :the Cplr 
sate "Inner Sancium" surer, moving* 
into the Wed. CBS segment, but the 
wystei y format wil-l be . ..discarded 
fcfter the first of the year, with a 
• »ho\v .'along big production lines 
tbaping up io counter Cantor aiidi- 
• ence pull.. 



Webs Had to Be 
Argued Into O K. 
For Dem Bxast 



Bemociatic National Committee 
had to hurdle plenty of opposition 
brlenv. get ting' final-clearance for the 
Election Eve 16.) 60-minute fouv-net* 
work ■.show with its three-way hook-, 
up li-om the Coast. N. Y., and the 
Hyde Park-Preident Roosevelt finale. 
For a while it looked as though the 
entire thing would be cancelled, 
with the" major web toppers arguing 
that the script ran counter to ■ -net- 
work' 'policy.-' of permitting dramatic 
formats for political airings. 

Dems' show .was-, produced by 
Norman Corwin. with Robert E. 
Sherwood headlining the staff of 
sciipters and highlighting*-- f&ucb 
celebs as Humphrey "'■ Bogart, Judy 
Garland, etc.' . - • 

Matte'i was cleared up at a joint 
meeting of. the network biggies last 
Friday (3) iii the NBC board rooms 
■in ' N. Y.; .attended by prexy Niles 
Trammel) and Frank- Mullen for 
NBC; Miller McClintock and Ted 
Streibert. lor Mutual; Frank Stan- 
ton and Doug Coulter for CBS, and 
Chet LaRbchc for the Blue. ...with 
Paul Porter and Leonard Reinsch 
sitting in for the Dems. Latter ar- 
gued that the format, as set up for 
the hour show, not only made for 
good radio, but definitely remained 
within the scope of network regula- 
tions, in that it steered clear of fic- 
tional trappings and dealt with real- 
istic, problems. 

CBS remained adamant in its be- 
lief that the script as submitted ran 
counter to network policy , but, in 
view of the fact that the other nets 
agreed to go slong. also fell in line 
rather than 'snafu the four-web set- 
up. -, :'■ 
.-. "We bi t! love that the special lyrics 
in the Democrats' election eve script 
constitute a dramatic approach and 
as such go beyond the CBS policies 
regarding political broadcasts," said 
veepee Frank Stanton. "But in view 
of the fact that the other networks 
have expressed a willingness to 
carry the program, Columbia has 
decided it will not insist on its posi- 
t ion iii this instance." -':•.'.■ 



Spreading Selves Too Thin, Press For 
Return to 'Single Standard; Status 



Oil 

etc. 

Big dhi'i small advertisers alike 
h;;\e i t( r> climbing aboaid tor the 
si.i ('• > ' the.-.air this year m 
.m u. ::. numbers, . with the move 
low. •. • ,':::i- in.spired prlncp illy by 
the. lie wspjipei shortage. But they re 
stick us. because of the concentrated 
fellni't jjjV.en which, many clients- 
.-i.ve-r. h^ve hypoed product .s;-ies up 

io :«*•..• . ' :'■ '.'. ■'-.; ■:-,■"•• ':-,v; 

J el*. ?- as' the nighttime avaiUihility 
s tuituon on the major networks has 
(•■(I ,(<; . • SHO jamup ot long 
stiwt'mi!: li.dio -has little choice time 
remaining on ', the ' roster - for ., spot 
salts, . v. hic'n has resulted in increas- 
ing- eitm<.hd. tor Class B, C and D- 
time. '.'It's not. duly the Colga'tes, the 
Lever. Bros... the Pepsi Colas, and 
top .soap. • : food .arid , beverage ■ ac- 
counts that have created the harvest, 
but the capsule spot shows have 
proven the answer around the.coiin- 
ti'v to. the "poor man's" prayer. 

. It's estimated that of the . $60,- 
000.000 being expended on. spot busi- 
ness this year, approximately 85- 
90*;. is spent for- air time, with the 
remaining - .10-15% . oh production, 
etc. Ruthrauff and Ryan agency con- 
tinues out ih front again this year 
on top billings, ■ with an estimated 
$6,000,0110 io $6,000,000 in spots being 
handled by that agency. R&R re- 
cently completed a $750,000 campaign 
on behalf of Lifebuoy and. through 
'the same agency, George Washington 
Hill, o! the American Tobacco Co., 
was expending $1,000,000, principally 
on behalf of Pall Mall ciggies. prior 
to his all-out campaign on behalf of 
the new Jack Benny-Lucky Strikes 
progiarrj; which cued a de-emphasis 
on the spot .■ campaigning. Lever 
Bros, have been the top spot spend- 
ers on the agency's roster, with G. 
W. Hill second. G. Washington cof- 
fee and Presto-Lite' Batteries have. 
. 'Continued on page 48) 



'Croupier' La Guard ia 

N Y. s Muyoi Fiorello. La 
GUartiia, long an ahti-gamb.lin'g 
crus.idti both in. -v. ords i'nd 
action, fell victim 'to the take- 
o thante urge last week 
. .. J-ncielen.t occurred duiing the 
non-pail isaiv . perl rtira.il -tsn/.i, 
"Keep The Record Straight, " .nn 
the tity-owned station, VVNYC... 
In lining up order in which 
party spielers were ,tft talk., the 
•Little Flower." tossed tt'.ns 
with the .' speakers calling .the 
'turn.'" '.,'':•'. '.v :•',-''. 



What DTa Know, 
John J. Anthony's 
Got a Problem 



' .Mutual is slated to lose : three-, ma- 
jor ■ accounts at. the end- of .this 
month, biggest slab.o'f departing, biz 
being the John L: Anthony agony 
airer for Clark's Candy; Sponsor- 
ship, of the show . ceases, bblh on 
WOR-MBS and WMCA. N. Y.. which 
owns the program, after the Nov. 26 
broadcast. Show airs. Sunday nights 
at 10 for 45 minutes. ■ 

Also scramming this month are 
Dubonnet's "Slop that Villain'' >29) 
and Emerson -'Radio's ''Can't Take it. 
With You," (19); Latter, show, 
through, the Weintraub agency, was 
headed for the rocks about five 
weeks ago, but the .cancellation", was 
cancelled to allow a further trial 
period. "Villain" is being forced off 
the air by a real-life villain, short- 
age of vino. . . 

Departure Of the / Anthony, bleed-, 
ing-heart stanza is said to have been 
p: (ceded by » hammer and; longs 
battle between Anthony .and Walker 
& Downing, the candy company's 
agency. Anthony is. said to have 
insisted on a non-caheeilable 52 week 
deal, to which the agency made like 
it , couldn't hear. Subsequently, it r s 
stated, when Anthony was willing to 
accept the customary 13 week op- 
, (Continued on page 48) 



1 "i • i s r\ idenoc that the . n nei \ 
v. l'Ciin.c; •.ttuatlon. which ii.is n silted 
iii tin t,iig »t !'f| iters ; eliniifling .-nd 

-linU ll'lii: ' !'l'l»iil 5 i! on "i e nt . 

- hn" '. i ven! u, IK t 1 : v . j,i iw i ! c 
ir:i-\u! Kiiellipii annsny -si.u s -oh top- . 
mls iiik - 1 ,i>w s Sii'tie of the U-lfe-r - 
,fie. iifvi ,.,(i.v I'lMiit, a:bVn'M Mi'', haver 
o i i • • eii .thc'iiK H i s I a- do uncei'i- 

tv-iI';'-tj;-i'3IS I1VC1 (hP >-'fll.tlll)'ll 

.Vol t -..-,t tm \ ruin:.', -ii Wtich V-?e 
sciintrv- being- in the (! v iin> -ei.t . 
. nd re.iip.iiW' tino < <vcionu.-i! c .-.'" l-tit 
Ihtwie iik'ity <)'<u nu'd o\ e- file pns- 
-ibility thin t.ne-wi'il('!'.s',' ;in .Mn-enfMng . 
tlu'nsM'lves m.tr ton -nwij -hovs 
iiv.> '-'.kill' the goose that tan- the 1 
yOlopn ft," .vs.. one tup CMiO'dian 
put it. ' . ":<.h y'i 

Oi'ic of , the .leading cnni< oi.<i.;s- .i.n 
a - mil [lit n'otw oi k .blames t. "n sl'luii- 
t mil on the iigOnis rep: c-senling the 
\\ t iters., i lijimmg ' they re t ie boys 
who kk « (MftmiK 1<W •■■t; v n' ! ". ' m i't- 
iiij-ho comcfK ' 1)y p^cliriii t;;e se'riyt- " 
( > to n\!i..i ; 'n( .mil so m». : ..mi ' four . 

-~4^.»-fiws -in -in io take -it she coih 
;«nd .1ake> aehivn.litgc of the tit - 1 tb t>f 
coniiKov >vritp'« TIh> eoinci-iim. coif* 
i< (W that .unless liiei-e s ,| rciwrn to 
the sKiiti- -i lieie: sc ipte t .('entire 5 
h;.mseil ^cvclusively with .<>. Miiglc 
mow and cxpe'ii.ds his full e'llergn's 
to achieving maximi?m icsults.-.both 
.writers . .and comedians will »iiffer . 
immeasiirably by it^ with perhaps: ir? 
reparable damage done before, the. 
situation is remedied. . . ... ;'■- ■ 

- Present .condition in soj^e ; circles 
is seen lis iiievitably. cueing a .eie-' 
niapd by stars that the --scripters be 
pacted. to an. "exclusive'," a move 
that has already been .initiated by, 
at least two of the top air shows. that 
heretofore have been fe lying tin 
\vr iters shuttling from one prog ram 
to another; But whatever Ihe solu- 
tion, the wiitel stands to etime out 
on top. • '.-.-: ;;."': •' . . .•.-■"-'•■ '•■" ' : ..■'• ;■-' ■ '';; 
■ It's also argued that, with giiesteir 
price tags 'continually, zooming, the 
only answer to combating the guest 
booster need, lies iivmore solid m ript- 
ihg so. that a show "needn't .rely on 
the- iiiirQ of outsiders to .proviele « 
hy po. . . ' " I •' • ".- ''•■.. '. ', , • 



Vacation Schedule For 
CBS Foreign Staffers 

-. Guy dtlla Choppa, CBS director 
fbtiae-hed : to the overseas radio op- 
fiition out e»f London and Paris a»- 
rived in N. Y. Monday i.6) fOi a tw o- 
wetk vis-it before resuming duties in 
Eiiibpe;, . . ' 

Davieison Taylor .fiml Jerry .Ma-'l- 
'fc.fc.v'vCBS.-p.r(>Kri.w.de''p^ 
..'.ve,i king' ui-.eit!- . Williairl 'S. Paley in 
Paiis, J.it- ixfif-cttt) In ft Y. Soon 
;•'-- tir, , , , ■ 



Familiar Sat Eve. Post 
Characters on Market As 
Air, Tele Package Shows 

Flock of Saturday Evening Post 
M.i.idb's including such faves as 
V/illiam. riailitt Upson's "Mr, Botls"- 
tiacior Miies;, Guy Gilpaitri.es 
"Mister Gleneannon," Philip Wylic's 
"Des Mid. 'Crunch," etc., have been 
atli pied as radio package shows and 
h ie' < iii'ciillv being peddled by •.he 
Ami ; iian Radio and Television Co . 
in «- ifuflil f iih headquarters in N. Y. 
C-(.|:-p!.-i-.v ; ho is lining up package 
,.„, , ii... . I'iro presentation. 
- - i jrf i ■ i '-it ii- ii t n • I he Sa t'e vepost com - 
fo ,'>,., i, ii-.n Radio' and Television 
CV' '- ' !,,'!=■.' i- ! cii'leri. up by Martin, 
s.., : . Is.i |iac'.-:a.-ied a "Tom 
s ■-,'-; ■,. j;.!i \ r '■"! prof ran „ • 



Web Billings Continue to Skyrocket 
With $185,000,000 in View for 1944 

Or, the basis of the $140,000,000 already racked -up- for the first nine 
months of the year and the consistent manner In which the four major net- 
works hsve topped the $15,000,000 mark monthly, there now appears every 
likelihood that the gross billings for 1944 will skyrocket to -approximately 
$185,000,066. That exceeds by- a wide margin all previous expectations 
and reflects the continued SRO biz and the "watting in the corridors" for 

time spots .„.. , 

September's estimated billings of $15,603,522 represents a .19".. increase 
over the time sales for the same period last year, with CBS again but in 
front w'ifh $5,373,075, and NBC a close second with $5.1 17,304. As was the 
cave last month, percentage increase for th*. -80-day period over last year s, 
figiiie puis the Blue, with its '$3,573,654. way out !n front with 54'.'. ;,- ;;• ' 
■ Or the cumulative side, the total billings for th« nine-month period hit 
$140 222 I'M representing an increase of 36%- oyer last year s figure of 
$10?i6^.-223.J ■■ -.'•:;■■ ■":--.'';-.'' ; : : - ; . ;' ' '% \- : 

NETWORK GROSS TIME SALES 



Blue 

Colli mbiit 
Mutual ... 
NBC . . . . 



.Blue i.: : . 
( <ij h»1 liia 
Mill intl 
NBC .' 



. tExiimeileti) - 






FOR SliPTKMBEH 






1944 •-•':">.; 


IS4.1 


p.(. 


. $3,571654: 


*2 336.992 


54 


5.373.073' 


4.932.741, 


1 f) 


. 1,) 19.489 . 


1,153,503: 


,i 34 


5,117.304 


. 4.684,790 


!) 


$15,603,522 - - 


J13.108.026 


, :; »> 


V IK ST NINE MONTHS 




15)44 


1943 


Fit. 


. , $28,874,384 


SIS- 016,243 ,.-'. 


51 


.. 50,102.384. 


41.482,077 : 


. ■ -:. 21 


, , 14,473 042 -.-' 


, .9 350.487 


' ... 54 


46,68! 382 


'S*. 828.81.6 -.: - 


211 


$140.222. fi!i2 


vm:< "8 T> >. . ... 


.', no 



W-Heinz Set 
Renewal Confab 

; Confabs <m renewal of "Jnfeuma-. 
tion Please" between H. J. Heinz and 
Daii-.Goieiipaul, owner of the, show, 
are .scheduled for this week. Golem- , 
pauf's contract with Jle-iii/ expires 
Ft-b. 15, 1945. Sponsor has no option 
for i« n< >• al 

"Info Please' 1 was sold to lle-inz' in . 
February,, 1943, on a one:-ye-i(r. deal, 
with an option for another year, Go- 
lehpaul refusing to sign a - longer 
ticket than that. Confabs:With Heinz 
resulted., from offers from other ac- 
counts, i ' ' - 

Show sells, 'for.. $10,000 -.fekly. and. 
has a ( in rent' Hoopei ating of 10.5. 

MILDRED FENTON'S OWN 
OFFICE; QUITS TED BATES 

Mildred Fe'iHoii, B.sst. Ut Tom 
Revere at the Ted Bales agency, is 
.leaving to. open her own. freelance 
•-cripti'ng, • show - packaging ollice,, 
She s -kedded to the k out aoout 
Dec. i, ■; : : - ; ;:'--,. : ■ ' : ;. '-•;.-' 

Miss Foiilon has been in charge 
of Hie .igemy's script supe= vision 
• iid daytime serials, nctuding. "The 
Open Door', and '-Their. Changing 
Worid" pi dgranis. . She . was v, ilh 
BUU-s agency fin past four jeatf, , 



PHILLY CLEARS DECKS 

■ P. ! i"r;adclp':)'i!. Sw; 7, . 
WPEN -has received wrilte-n <ikay.s,. 
.•(■m i ll its spo'i.-ors •: (-liiniiiisit.iig. 

( ii ( me oil V-B Dili >o 'hid news 
i-Wi oiher public srniro .nun, urns 
\ be lick! eliir.ng the c -n ■><■ ii.-y. 
S. i'c procediUe iiniifiiib ( '\ vhjII 
ia 'foilir.-. mi by i.l) PViliy. ^i.'oi'.fiiiist- 



40 



RADIO 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



NBC's Vet-Gi Auditions Click, Rush 
Of Applicants Cueing Expansion 



Although cml\ in -operation two 
\vi eks. NBC's auditions jor-GTs and 
veterans lias developed into .a. much 
la ruer. project than the. net work oi-iti- 
fnaftV envisioned.. Not only has the 
number 6f applicants: necessitated 
setting aside additional audition time 
e -.eh week, but father than -beine; a 
strietlv post-war project, as li-tiuvri 
it's become a straw possibility as a 
medium foi vets obtaining mrmerii- 
ale employment . - 

Calibre ot talent -displayed by the 
servicemen, both present and .ex.-. 
Gl's, ha's been un'euallv hish So 
far, NBC has; tested 60 men. with 20 
receiving ratings, as ■warranting' ihn- 
liudiale emoloymei.it by \vcb a (!:('- 
ates, Averas'e audition ratio: rather 
t'i'iiv, this .3. to. 1 perceivta',<e. 'runs, 
a mut one out of 10 or IS : Idea orm- 
S'l'-illv via s -to: « vj .successful ra-v 
ditlates cerUticat.;;; attesting to- their 
ability's these in turn to be given: to 
their home'. NBC station* when- mill - 
tiiry service, ended; But because 
most, of the men.' about two-thirds, 
have already. , received- discharges' 
NBC has wired their local outlets 
jj. commending they be hired , now. 
Time luisii't permitted replies as yet, 
but NBC is confident job replace- 
ments will- reslu't shortly. Vet talent 
uncovered so fat includes singers 
and spielers - 

NBC. received a '...terrific reaction 
on. the plan, applications coming: in 
fronv a majority ot the states. Highly 
significant is that-many of the appli- 
cants already indicate job trouble, 
many even asking for financial' as- 
sisiance to come to N. Y. While NBC 
isn't advancing such aid. it may. as 
a result of the wide interest shown, 
expand the . plan . to' some of its 
owned and operated stations. First 
cities mentioned for expansion . are 
"Washington. Chicago and Hollywood.. 
'Factor, which may determine expan- 
sion of the service is whether the 
high percentage ' of ; usable, talent 
continues to crop up. .'■' 

Also significant, from the rehabili- 
t(' ion . angle — which grows in na- 
tional importance daily — is the fre- 
quently expressed desire to get into 
..radio,, and television. Men view them 



as booming and prosperous post war 
ileitis: ; ■-'. ■■:•'■} 

Number of applicants has been so 
large that NBC has had to give ad- 
ditional time. . on Wednesdays, to 
the .-original Saturday, morning hours 
•first -scheduttai. Operation will now 
cost NBC. more than figured. Web 
iissiens its top men to coach and 
•audition the c mdidates as well as 
giving each man a '-recording of his 
trvout Inter view .stall, as well, had 
to be increased 

Gior'se. Maynard. himself a Vet- 
era!', is handling the process for 
NBC,'-,': ■ -••■•■ :" <: ■':.' ''-:-:■ 



CBS Divides Supervisory 
Setup in Music Division; 
Larry Puck Stepping Up 

; In line with the trend toward 
amplification of the program ■■ super- 
vision . system among networks, as 
pointed up in last .week's (.1) issue 
of VVariety.'' -Doug Coulter, veepee 
•in -charge of programs .at CBS, has 
revealed , a redistribution . of the 
siipcryisoi-y functions in the music 
division. . '•.-.-'- " *'v '.••'•.••'''■•' ■'" ■■ - 

Whereas in the past James Fassett 
was exec supervisor of the division. 
Jt's now split into two sections, with 
Fassett taking over. the serious mu- 
sic and Larry Puck stepping up as 
supervisor of light music. In addi- 
tion to overseeing the pop , music 
setup. Puck will continue as talent 
scout for CBS •.' ," '' 

Under the expanded su^rvisory 
setuo. Bill King, who handles the 
Philharmonic and the Oliri Downes 
Sunday afternoon suslainer, will re- 
port to Fassett, as will Oliver Daniel, 
who handles the music shows on 
"School of the Air," while Bill 
Brennan reports to Puck as do others 
handling lighter music programs. 



Philadelphia, — Two new additions 
to WPEN announcing staff are Dan 
Parker; formerly _of WIBG. Philly, 
and : Todd Branson, formerly of 
WJW, Cleveland. . 



Elgin's All-Star Cast 
For Thanksgiving Day 
Show Topped by M' Arthur 

.-' .'.' '. Chicago, Nov. 7. 
General Douglas .Ma.c Arthur has 
beeen set to head up the two-hour- 
loiig Elgin show on Thanksgiving 
day afternoon via short wave from 
the Southwest . Pacific, according to 
Tyler Davis, Chicago radio direc- 
tor, of J. Walter Thompson. Deal 
was set' With . General Mat-Arthur 
after the "War Dept. agreed to the 
broadcast subject to the General's 

o.k. ': )/■ :;': :.:: ;-.\.: v ;^.^.:..'' 

Final lineup on the show includes 
Don Ameehe mc, Bergen and 
McCarthy, Ken Carpenter, Frances 
Langford/ Spike Jones and City 
Slickers. Ed Gardner, Elsie Janis, 
Alan Jones. Susanna Foster. Ijina 
Rom ay.. Falsfaff. Charioteers and 
Lou Silvers and orchestra. 
. . Program will be - short waved to 
American armed forces all over the 
world. ■ . ■".:".:-:" 



Mrs. Ed Murrow, Back From Britain, 
Hails Radio, Show Biz Amity Contribs 



FRANK FAY'S GUESTER 
AN AUDITION AS WELL 

Frank Fay guests on the Edgar 
Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Chase. Si 
Sanborn show Sunday (12). If he 
'clicks Id the spot there's a possibility 
he. will remain on the program for a 
run. ..'•'"'. 

Bergcr's snow is currently orig- 
iualing 'from:Nf Y. It returns Jo the 
Coast in a few weeks, then shifts 
eastward again later in the year. 



Nash-Andrews Sisters 
Show Set for Dec. 24 

New Andrews ' Sisters show for, 
Nash-Kelvinator ori the Blue net- 
work bows, in Sunday afternoon, 
Dec. 24 (4:30-5) from Jlolly wood. 
Jive trio will be supported by Vic 
Schoen's orch, same crew that back- 
grounded most of the gal's record 
dates, and will have George "Gabby" 
Hayes for comic relief. Latter is 
active in celluloid horse operas, as 
laugh foil teamed "with various male 
stars. Show also, will use name 
guests,'- ■ '',,-.''.- 

Re-entry Of Nash into network 
picture breaks a layoff dating back 
to 1938 and is cued to postwar mar- 
ket and hoped for retooling to al- 
low manufacture of refrigerators 
and other household goods. Agency- 
is Geyer, Cornell & Newel.);. 



&I PARODIES SHOW 

: "Parodies Lost." stanza featuring 
armed-forces versions of the lyrics 
of old songs and new, tees off on 
WNEW, N. Y., Tuesday (14) in the 
7:45 to 8 p.m. slot, once weekly. 



Va. Dept. Store Bounces 
Henry J. Taylor After 
'Too Much Dewey' Beefs 

Lynchburg. Nov, 7. 

Political campaign backfired on the 
Millner department store here which 
had been sponsoring . the Henry J. 
Taylor newscasts aired by the Blue 
network. : . .''..'-': " ■'■''• .-C'- •' ' -.-' 

.Complaints that Taylor was throw- 
ing too much weight on the Dewey 
side .caused the store id cancel its 
contract and : publish a half-page 
apology and explanation iii the news- 
oapers. Said as a corporation it 
couldn't alloi'd to take sides. and that 
ll wa> not. trying to shape political, 
opinions ot its employees or the 
public; > '"• '•'. ■- ■ • -■' ' " ; 

Understood Republicans attempted 
to buy unexpired Taylor time but 
store refused to relinquish it, for fear 
public might continue to believe it 
was sponsoring, the commentator. 



Frank Stanton Host For 
CBS Managers Confab 

CBS station managers converge on 
N. Y. Nov. 9 and , 10 for: the regular 
fall- session, with .veepee Frank 
Stanton playing host. 
'': Managers w ill huddle with operat- 
ing heads of the various depart- 
ments on station operations. 



Another revealing chapter in th« 
saga of British-American postwar 
relationship with radio and show bi« 
in general at prime factors in cue- 
ing thr inevitable "One World"— 
"Hands Across the Sea" understand- 
ing is pointed up by Mrs. Edward R. 
Murrow, wife of the CBS war cor- 
respondent. ; : '" . : ': 

Mrs. Murrow is back in this coun- 
try from London, with her husband 
also skedded to check in soon after 
a year-and-a-half-of battle coverage 
including bombing missions^ pat a- 
troop invasion junkets into Holland, 

etc- , ; ■'>' : ;;-^"'/ : ':;'. '.;/■:■ .■ 

Not generally known is the fact 
that Mrs. Murrow is herself an ac- 
credited CBS war correspondent, 
covering evacuation hospitals, etc. 
She was last on the air during the 
summer at the height of the robot 
bombings, but subsequently stepped 
into a special assignment job for 
U. S. Ambassador John G. Wiiiant 
which kept her off the air." 

How the day in-day out British 
contact with the tliousands of Gl'g 
from the U. S. has developed a de- 
sire among the Britons for a deeper " 
understanding and appreciation of 
American customs, modes, etc., with 
BBC stepping into the picture via a 
series of . courses on ''American his- 
tory, geography, etc., channelled into 
all schools, was' revealed by Mrs. 
Murrow. . BBC. she pointed out. i* 
doing a hangup job in fostering this 
better understanding of the average 
American guy. While she didn't ac- 
tually broadcast for BBC, Mrs. Mur- 
row played a prominent role via the 
furnishing ot American background, 
etc.. in preparation of the radio 
courses; '-.-': . 

Similarly. Mrs.. Murrow sees a 
keener appreciation of Yank humor 
on the part of Britons in general 
and vice versa stemming from the • 
flock of American entertainers tak- 
ing the wartime overseas routes 
with the 'Gl's also responding to the 
British tempo.. 



AY It It >l thanks 



for telling the world 



•Y PAUL E0U»>ft UIUf« JH?? EDITOR, ESOUlftf. NrtV. 1114 



spying »t, *a affair 



how good our Jimmu Hilliurd is.. 



ON THE EDGE OF THE CLEF 



I ma ke an unhesitating recom- 
mendation-, listen to Jimmy H£ 
_S u:„ „«.l.i>st,ra on the pro- 




a ^Se,thisisbi g -bandia^ 
iM %dUfecXd modernists 

tuat happen to t« W ins -V 
■ , ^tranRer to Jimmy Hil- 



some of ^n^. nat ^?^^;g? c hoo^ 

if thev "played J& ZI nl R ht 
niS a dance band, they wou d 
be recogni^d as grcaf.thev would 
beSknown 

t 10 n, then, Ford 



Milliard 



itfaurie Bcreov, ^ ro, "" u "'"r)Van 
Pinfield, tcnorman Uean 
Schaeffer, pianist Sid Nierman and 

Half the H"^ 
fortunately, J 
inconscqucnti 
isms by othe 
If I had my ' 
half hour to_ 
tell them: thi 
j wonder if 
rector and ex 




WBBM 



50.000 Watts ♦78Skc. 
COLUMBIA OWNED 



BUT did gou know 

M Thai Jimmy Hilliard's jazz section is only 
a part of an organization of 55 miiBieians, 
arrangers and vocalisls at WBBM? 

& That these 55 inuaical artists are only a 
part of the 94-memher showmanship, «le]>art- 
inent that has won for WBBM the name 

"Cliicago's Showmanship Station?" 

That advertisers for 19 straight years 
have recognized WBBM showmanship liy 
buying more total time on WBBM than on 
any other Chicago station? 





Ctnliill 




ScltMffor 



Reprosi'itivil WRmliit 'S»lt'slhi')SI*OThrMd(msting-dit>hwn ufCB$ 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



41 





on NBC Parade of Stars 

popularity! . 




NBC America's No. 1 Network: 

8 out of the top 10 

programs on the air 



No other network has more than I of the top 10 



National Broadcasting Company 



America's No. 1 Network 




A Service *f Ratfi* 
Cat potation et tactic* 



4i 



RADIO 



Wednesday, November 8, 10 jj 



WMCA Case Still 
On fly Agenda 



De 

Ft. 
FCI ' 



.'. W:j.-t)s iii!i'.i>n. Nov. .7. 
-.> Ill:'- fan thai..' James I,., 
i! sVv-it:, h v< : cbiiiicetmh with- 
. "15. hi 1 rem. ii.'< siihpoe.- 
. tosl," t'y .be Covi" the r*:«'-C»i«- 
inii'ee >!. lu'i.i hearings fin. WAIC.V- 
F' limn '.e t-*e i s'v.i'me' Nov" 21; John 3: 
Sirica:, coiiimiitee Coinj-.i'l. • ''s'.".id. .to-. 
.1 i.v < ti i. '"-■. 
Siriii indicated- Mjiit -tin' iiejirtiiv 
: ni- ) be hot otv.'-. probao! , ttni- 
i»in,<.'jHtvv«beirp' .ti om ss* vej-il < Us. ti .> 

tir.tluie weeks Most FCC- win- 
ur i> oners are exoec.cd to, I* 1 "! ',• 
4. - • e l l a -, T. A \l. C'l .ivfii. • -fiif -he-i 

Jll.mi'Vl'. who jlso I* Of- Cli ! 

Case • «i< 3v*t-.aht.*'i- beHoie His; 
Lei Committee last Februar-v,, al 
v*. i'.'c'i . time ' Dim.ald. -Flamm e'la'.ged 
he was lii.jh'-p; e*stired ' into "VgHUng 
tli? sia'tioif.' to. •' Edward .1. Noble for 
.lew . Uiali lie would have been : able 
to sell ii to Someone cKp ' 

Heariog chopped, off in the middle, 
with, charges fi-dm Bcpq-biicaii.s oii. 
the House: Committee that v.H^' ; Act- 
ministration, had exerted pressure -/tVi 
tli rot ittr ill", session's. At the same 
time, the FCC was never given- op^ 
fi iiiuiun to (ell its side of the story. 
The ; ^ man ••given wlvn- the probe 
was stooped; was that. ■ FlanYm's 
WMC\ stl'iJ »a« pending in the New 
y.tt'c courts. '.,:■ 

'it The be'irihg goes wide onen this 



BEATRICE KAY PACTED 
FOR P&G'S 'GASLIGHT' 

."Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
• A fiev considerable haggling, eon- 
iracts were finally signed with. Bea- 
trice . Kay - 'to head Procter and 
C;ah'ble's'".C;aslisht Gaieties/' iviVieh 
.tees oft next SiifurHay night on CBS. 
Charles Winn inger, originally' in' set- 
un, won't . be available .; until next 
month; and it's. unlikely be will join 
.the cast. • '; ■•■'.' .•'... . . . • ■•' ■ 

•:• Al :imKer produces- for the Biow 
ayei te'y.. . ' '-.'..-• ,. '• •". .'..' r ..■■'•':"•-'■-■'.' ■ 



Bill Hardey (Gay 90 s) 
To Produce Vaude Unit 

Bill Hardey.' operator of Bill's Cay : 
flii ... N. Y. niteov will- produce a 
vaiide tttlit enlisting old-timoi talent | 
th.it has appeared at his bistro and I 
also on his WJZ air show. "The Good 
Old Days *' ' . 

•Unit will carry ;1Q players and ac- 
cording to Chaidey : Allen. who is 
handling deal tor Hardey. asking 
price will depend on calibre of. name 
talent. During 1 the past 14 years the 
niterv. has. operated.- Hardey has 
olaved many name act? and. i* trying 
to corral many of them for th* unit. 
Understood Blanche Bins and: Tess 
Gartleil.tAui't .leihima.i already have 
been signed, ■- - -''..-' : 



Inside Stuff-Radio 

Balph Edwards', latest stunt on "Truth or Consequences'* will cost- him 
about $3,000, but he Inures it well worth while from the publicity -ansle. 

Gag involved "burying" SUMO in silver dollars in an empty lot in Holy- 
oke, Ma.«s., the grand siippos.-d to. have gone lo one Budolph J. Wickel, of 
'Verona.- N. J., a conte.slant on Saturday's program (4 ). Edwards bad bad 
a rtiniVing gag for some time, asking each studio audience if "Mr. Wickel 
Was in the house." He picked the naivie- out. of a hat. When a real -life. 
Wickel did show. EtlwdnVls introduced, a prop legacy in the way of the 
buried money, sending' the Ct.blestant up to Holyoke .by train to locate .it. 

Long before Wickel reache I M <vs . however, Holyokels turned out by 
the hundreds, many ot them women in nightgowns, to dig f"r the grand. I 
It was an angle Edwards hichtt counted on, even though care . had been 
escreiscd in stashing the scratch ileeij under a bench. A- native son. Joseph j 
E. Bov, a carpenter and recently in the Army, found the. money and under 
law is- entitled to keep i:. Wickel will get $1,000 consolation inoney Sat. 
(11 ) Other $1,000 represents expenses. ' ; 

-Holvolve- authorities hact aiven -tlieir okay to the. stunt in adwiiiee and 
Mon. (ft) it was announced that the corner lot is to be made into a park 
named after Wickel. . Edwrrds will do a non-brparicast show in the town 
Nov. 13'. proceeds to pay . the' cost of converting the lot ir.to a -park. 



-time., -and there appears to be no 
reason why it should not, the array 
of witnesses will, be.' a fancy one. 



Senate 

THE WAR 
THE WAR 
THE WAR 

... fAe most 
profitable per dollar 
station for advertisers! 




, 3000 WATTS 

Philadelphia's MUTUAL Affiliate 
Represented Nationally by Geo. P. Hollingbery Co. 



Annual poll of readers taken by Bob Stephan. Cleveland Plain Dealer 
radio cditoiv named Bin j Crosby the : U.S. favorite radio .personality. 
-Besul.fs were published Sat. < i '. Dealer's poll is the oldest of its kind 

•'Alt-America Badio Kh-.en ' as voted' by Stephan's readers in Cleve- 
land, and 108 other Ohio cities and. towns, rah: Crosby. Bob Hope, Edgar 
Bergen, Kate Smith. Flank Sinatra. John Nesbitt. Tom Breneman, Fibber 
McGce (Jim Jordan Hal Peary (Great <3ildcrKlceveX.'£ii<mcl '38iuT.vino.re' 
ami Eddie Cantor. • '--'■. . - 

Shows voted favorites in various categories included. "Kraft Music Hall' f 
' (variety ); Guy Lonibardo. dance bands; Boh Hope, comic; Lowell '-Thomas, 
newscaster; "Lux Radio Theatre.", drama; "One Man's Family," serial; 
N. Y;~ Philharmonic Syniphony;. Andre Kosf.elanetz ; (lighter nuisicl; John 
Charles Thomas (classical sinners, male); Lily Pons and Dinah Shore, tpp 
femme singers, classical and poii: "Information Please' ; "Li. of Chicago 
Round Table" (education i. aiul "The Army Hour" (\var;series>. "'• • 



Heii ny Youhgman tossed a bouquet at Mil Ion Berle Mon . 1 6 > /or the 
latter's -pinch-hitting act lasf week when Youiigman's father, died. Berle. s 
at, the last minute, subbed on Youngman's Baleigh cigaret show. Occasion 
Monday was a luncheon' tossed by the Badio Executives Club at the Roose- 
velt, with Berle, Youngman. Harry Hershfteld and Jimmy Savo as guesters. 

Youngman told the radio folk that despite the so-called Berle-Youngman 
"feud," Berle not only volunteered in the emergency but refused to 
accept pay. ' .■': '' ;-,:.'■■. ■',.'.''-;'• '•' . ■;'. 

Similar, point was made by. ■ Youngman iii si letter to "Variety." reading, 
in part, "May I be permitted to express a word oi two in praise of Milton 
Berle. In gayer moiheuts. ha and I were supposedly feudiiig. . but in my 
hour of grief he volunteered to substitute oh my radio program. . . . A 
friend in need, and this is no time to be concerned about being coriiy. is 
a friend indeed." 

Betty Buckler, one of "work horses" at. Benton & Bowles, liiid long 
iWa'nted -to be a producer: When Procter & Gamble bought "Glamour. 
Manor," half-hour mixture : t>f comedy and audience participation across 
the board. "Bucky" niade her pitch. Walter Craig, B&B'.s radio headnian, 
grudgingly yielded on the score that it . would be too m.uch of a load to 
produce five programs a week. Not only that, but she insisted on also 
continuing her duties as office manager. Craig finally gave in, but made 
her a .sporting proposition, H the double duty made inroads on her health 
she would have to chuck the production stint. Craig made her Weigh in 
every morning and set the -scale at a figure. If she dropped below it the 
jig would be up., . Last week the beam barely touche'd the control and 
"Bucky" gave up her plucky fight. Probably it's just as well, for "Glamour 
Manor" will probably be moved to New York where' it's easier to pick up 
an .audience at noon than at 9 a.m. in Hollywood. ••• 



Critics Lead With Chins 
In Pitch for Air Time, 
3 New Fibers on Block 

Number of shows based an pvef- .. 
erenees Of . film; radio : ai'1 diaina 
critics now making . the •rounds. One 
is. "Critics' Choice," with Jbseoli -Cot- 
ten- as -m.c., and featuring various 
players doing bits selecied b^a board •' 
of the hatchet iue< 

Another show has" Ben Gr<iss 
(N. Y. Daily News radio columnish; 
Bob Coleman ' (N. Y. Mirror drama 
ed); Irene Third, (N.. Y. I'o-t f,| m 
crick) and Sid Skolsky. Program' is 
tabbed "Best of the Week." Also 
available is "Challenge to- the' ■ 
Critics." on which songs and scenes 
from hit plays and pix are reenacted, 
a board of critical exoerU being 
challenged to. identiiv tiietn. 

Despite current "film bi?. antipathy 
to radii), new pi ospeets .starring Ed- 
gar Kennedy and Laurel & Hardy 
are being '-peddled; Also; offered in 
"Walter Wanger Presents." a .new 
talent idea with a film pioduction 
tieup through Wanger. 



Research Specialist i« WOAI 

San. Antonio. Nov. 7. ■ 
Fred A. Peery, specialist in tri*. 
field of radio research and" aita lysis, 
has been appointed sales, promotiob; 
mgr. of WOAI. Peei v :comes- here 
from WFAA. Dallas ".' 



ML 

SALT LAKE 



MARKET 



Writers' War Board's latest (Nov.) bulletin tosses out a couple of duds 
in its "bomb-load" appraisal of air shows (maximum load is Ave hoinbs) 
at the Harry Hershfleld-.Ioe Laurie, Jr. -Senator Ford "Can You Top This?" 
NBC Saturday night program. Board comments that: "Ad-lib joke-telling 
contest, sponsored by Colgate's, frequently accentuates raoial and national 
differences and (however innocently meant) tends to hold minority groups 
up 1o ridicule." .' . " ; . .-,"*■-".,, -' '■'.;-.,. ;■'; - 

Board allocates three bombs to Raymond Gram Swing for "consistently 
presenting a clear, penetrating, careful and unbiased interpretation of the 
news, contributing toward better informed public opinion, and thus, to 
healthier democracy aiid lasting peace." "Radio Newsreel." the Mutual 
and WNYC, N.Y. show, recorded from BBC_, shortwave, rates two bombs 
for "bringing the war graphically to the listener." : 



Horace Heidt will broadcast from the Pantages theatre during his Hol- 
lywood stay due to a smart manipulation by N. W. Ayer'.s Coast radio head. 
Herb Sanford. When Heidt beefed at doing his show from the Blue's 
Highland ave. studio, it was up to the net, or the agency, to keep him 
happy, Sanford struck up a deal with Bodney Pantages that not only 
placated Heidt but will prove a boon all around. Theatre, located just oft 
Hollywood and Vine, has seating capacity of 2.800 and a larga stage. In 
addition to getting the house for free. Sanford also Wangled 250 ducats 
for the broadcasts, which allow ticketholders to sit through two pictures. 
It's a gopd deal for the theatre, too, as it provides two free stage shows 
Mondays, when trade is ''.light-;, . -, .' ' .-.''■.'.> 



Onstage character oil a recent "Fibber McGee and Molly" show was 
identified' .as "Harold Bock." character, being iutroed as' a boy friend of 
Alice Darling (Shirley Mitchell ) the McGee's star boarder. Bock, in real 
life, is NBC's press head in Hollywood. Script described him as giving 
Alice -a siandup and being a "hasty fellow." 

'There's been ,-,a lot of that sort of "strictly inside gagging On the air lately, 
O/.zfe Nelson recently introducing two characters as "Mr. Hooper" and "Mr. 
Crosslcy." Practice is always good . for a trade laugh, even it less hep 
listeners are apt to be a bit bewildered. .''..,'.':• ;;''. .i;,---;..:;-'- . '■'.:',•.' ■■■•;'.•'.' 



Mary Jane Kroll, recently resigned as director of women's programs at 
WABC. N.Y., is offering "Coverage by ..Kroll." a writing on order service, 
to women's programs, interview shows and shows featuring human interest 
spots. A former newspaper woman. Miss Kroll worked on "Women's Page 
of the Air" (CBSi;,the Isabella Manning Hewspn series and was program 
bead of WNBX. '. Springfield. Vt.. before going -owl on her own. 




Utah has one of the highest 
per capita ratings as a radio 
listening market. 

JOHN BLAIR « CO. 
National ReprcsenUtiy* 



. Deal between Mar tin Block and Chesterfield for his tlire«-a-week CBS 
'Series calls for the account to buy thai number of quarter hours oil WNEW. 
N.Y., Block's home station. Nights the Chesterfield show is on CBS, Block 
does his "Make Believ* Ballroom" from a web studio. Since th« network 
air time is >:15, when Block's supposed to be on WNEW, lie transcribes 
the indie shows in advance. , .-' 



Tiansraclio is offering a new type news service called Hdex. Consists 
of special Services, on an lB-hour-a-day basis, slanted for specific radio 
Use. Categories include services especially provided .for commentators, 
sportsciisters, news and feature editors and station execs. 

CBS is paying off Cbl Stoopnagle (F. Chase Taylor) at th« rale of $400 
• week, comic's sustainer haying been cancelled because of time sitiiash. 
Contract runs until the end of December at $400 weekly. 




W^DTI SOU 
BASH BALL 



560 Ke. 5000 WATTS 



Wednesday, November 8, 1944 



43 




The Story of 

The Innocent Bystander 



[who 



DIDN'T GIT 



HURT! ] 



XT THAT a head-on collision turned out to be! 

VV It was like this: Kate Smith starts in the Sunday at 7 spot 
on September 17th. with a rati ng of 1 1.8, On October 1 st jack 
Benny returns to his old stand and gets a Hopper of 18.5. Miss 
Smith drops to a 4.7, On October 15th Hooper gives Benny a 
16.6, Kate goes to 6.5. 

The Innocent Bystander 

So both Smith and Benny have thousands of dollars of promo- 
tion behind them, and the best supporting talent money can 
buy- S° CBS and NBC are determined to make it the struggle 
of the century, '-and they are in there pitching. And what happens? 

Over on the Blue is an innocent bystander/doing his own job 
about as usual. And he is doing fine, thank you. 

The Blue's innocent bystander, Drew Pearson, is ahp in the 
slot on Sunday at 7. The Blue and Pearson buck two giants and 
come up with these Hooper figures:* 

. .... September 17 « . . 8'.3 

October 1 . , . . 9 9 , 
■;>■'*<■ ■ •: '. October ;. 15 ■,, : >;..':- • v •■ ■'' 112 



Add it up for yourself. The Blue and Pearson are 4.7 points 
ahead of Smith, and only 5.4 behind Benny— and without ab- 
normal promotion. ■ ./' . 

All right. Now along comes Walter (national institution) 
Winchell at 9 P. M., and he and the Blue promptly get a higher 
rating than all, the other networks put [.together. And then the Blue 
keeps going for the rest of that hour, and winds up with a rotal 
of 56 Hooper points, against a total of 44.2 for the nearest 
competing network. 

All right again. Kou take a look at the Blue any weekday 
morning. Here you will see the youngest of the networks con- 
sistently attracting a larger audience than any of the other 
networks. -.- 1.^ • \' 

MORAL: "lh est- Blue ratings are not accidents. The Blue 
consistently delivers with Pearson. It delivers with rhe Winchell- 
Hollywood Mystery Time-Fidler combination. It delivers every 
weekday morning. A lot of other times, too GOOD SHOWS 
ON THE BLUE CAN DELIVER THE RAIJNCS. 

■*'Yht ' f'W'.i nj'nttnl lie 27 llM-per iiiies-in -*'•; : ? ''• • ■ 

lihiih Pttirson briia<i((isl' friim 7 te1:li P.M. 




"THIS IS THI £5* MM.r. NETWORK 

THI AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC. 



Agency Buyers Fretful Over 
Tax-Shy Stars, Heliuraed Ceiling 



.;'•:.>.«. Hollywood, N"V. 7. •? 
:\:.rl,,V[hln hazard is cms i- msHluiu 
Jim I -il'-'m buyers in. the r<).mmis.<i<m : 
luniiT, Ifai-i! by Hollywood and. Vme, 
Oiv iLiS. io do with Scarcity ard-tln*. 
>■.'>>•;• u sl-b priced. Buying guosfeiiy 
(i;i.. 1 1 l' i "■ 1 ' i v'f* more than a-rotilwc .'-.ntitf-t-., 
• •r.'(i oiling- an ajje.-i: and (TigghiSi 
riijiH.it 1 1) n , Aji.olbw dilemma 
i.ir.iu the 'lAiyors' .'s- the' sVras.i roil- 



State FM Network Sought 
By Ohio Education Dept.; 
Put Cost at $1,000 000 



Cblitih'bu'< Nov 
Ohio Depart mom (u Kins; 



ii ^. !'!>:V old 'SS.000 ;.por *Hll haA tVA vaijmiith mi plaits ' fiM a" st',.Uf.vM-.fi' 



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up another .gHfrid or .tyou 
fo Lti u>ie«s v ba't'k to noj.tiut)' 
H Uf'J v i'-' lb: .-hoc, ' • 11"- <ne- 
i.is'ey air gcnoialv agieeu 
i ; - busr tlwt -cji.tises .the ro<>*". 
inftirt- i.» the refusal o'i' stars to 
:!■■ mo.e shows until alter h'Ss.l 
• v ,mi I tbr .Ailcl lax probkm 
reluctance to taiu' (id lettuce 



•!••'.<• 
ni'l-- 

uork oi ftoqinitfy. ^modulation «vt- 

IMmi tii tuiiacfciV-t school anci collet!;' 

cd«< agonal programs, wUK a cU'ois'o.i 

p onVU'ri Ibis month by the I't'C- on 

the pi oDasiil - . • 

The plan' '.calls ■ for. bi o idt i-iir, ! 

u ii'om 8 ii.m to 111. oi 1 1 p or 
: ciaih ofl'ei liiS a w itk variety .of edit- 
: eationap subjects..- neves, and music,: 



Air Scripting, Production 
Course At Hampton Is 
Trail Blazer for Negroes 

•■ '. Hampton Insfiture of. Virginia will 
probably become the Hist Noma) co!- 

-iego in the country .to establish a 
emu -e in tadio willing and jwaicUte- 
Hon. Coi.isiv may become a part of 
the Institute's School pi, t'onmi una ,i- 
lions and wilt start wit 1 ' the spi mg 
semester • 

■Hampton- is .etn icntly looki))*;. foi 
iiuabfien instnictois . who n >;'."■ be 
c-iiiiei white oi colored-. d.e.pemiit.,'._ on 
their availabihtv . ... .-.'■■■ 



Wednesday, November 8. 19 U 



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Revamp Platter Situash 
Under Hollihan at Blue 

Production unit to 'supervise all 
transcribed and recorded broadcasts 
on W.JZ, N. Y., and the Blue net- 
work lias been set up, following 
complaints thHt airings of . such 
•a an/as were bems! handled in a 
haphazard fashion, 

Garret! Hollihan has been named 
production supervisor of the . new 
unit, .:« ith Waller . Sean km.. John 
Rugge ami John Mitchell on IPs sUfV 
Stall will be on duty from. 8 a m. to 
1 a. m daily.. 

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Blue Music Div. 
Steps Out Alone 

. Complete severance of the inusic 
activity of the Blue iietwoi i< n ,,i,> 
. NBC lias been .effected; Desp.te f;u-t. 
| that' y on niter web has been divoi cjid 
♦;fi i i».ft i£(taki$gifK£ : - "'u'liput,; i;aft.v : ;'''^i B@ 

pruporlie.^ ever since ...lidWrd: ij." ' -. 
[ Noble and associates .. bmj^h.t. it . sp,v. ••: 
/ oral years a&'o, music division of the: - 
. Blue' .has . been affiliated ' with 'NBC ■ 
until this past Nov, 1 whQH .sepiir'a--' 
: i .1111 became effective:;' '' , ■ 
. . Frank Vaynoni has beeii appointor! 
i manager of the Blue nuisie-rliyisiiiti'; .' 
•i' with Richard Hen'nier,, direeiof; of the . 
; niusic library, becoming, heart of the'' 
..tiius.ic , rights . section! • -.Tiul '.Harry' , 
Wiijhtman; asst. library.' dirVttor. be- ■ 
coifiiris head, of the music ..library 
section. .., "':.•'.„•,.■■ •.'•-•'■■.' 

'. }: Ph'O. Garlin. , Blue 'program v.i>„ >. 
j .made the .aiuiouncenieiit in . a memo 
[ to all ii'etwork division ai-.d de.part- 
i.inent heads last Week. ':.••'' ";•.'•• 

'Road of Life - Rocky 
Because of 'Breakfast' 

''. ',■." ... . Chica;t<i. Nov •': 
. ■i.T.o'n's simirtcrlns discontent, by Ii iia 
Phillips and Carl Waster, owners, of 
the' NBC daytime sua per;. 'Road of 
Lifii." over Prpcler . Gamble spot- 
ting their.: show opposite "Breakfast 
at Sard i's," another P&G show, led to 

r lot> neatly a year, has been tipped to production manager, under Ted. Colt, | au ultimatum by Westei to 111 e soap 



From the Production Centres 



F\ J\EW YORK CITY . . . 

th ii Aiiiiid loi's U'.cm mm a. ttreeper i v purpose of I'luht-proade.jsi- ■ Carole Laiidis doing a guest *ho'. on the, Lois Long Blue show Saturday 

p i'. !>. Aacm.s are .ha\ niir tl'eii. owh ^ . u <niid be.. to educate aduil-, s|t»d { .(ii ,\\ Durante, of: the J, Walter Thompson office, off on a cross- 
troubles. the h*i of availables bav ins . aKmrt casts for colleae credit are *U> . . . ( f) v ^ bmQlion |unkc t:on :behalf of the EI H ih super-duper Thanks^v m« 
sli.imV to iirdcr-takmft .propoi lioiisy w ,nsidowd. . .,.;.>..•;: : -' :;.| : -.i ' ■:■ :'.' "«•'■ T ' •, i ' ' ' , n . , n i ' r • ' ; v : ' 

K'v n.-oie a matter of luum than; . w. L.. Spro'Kse, esocutive assistant j Day show. Lett yesterday ilues, i ., Duity Doyle, recovered ironr Ins 
sc liny >'.- Mo Suite Educational Director Ken- 1. illness alter, being -on ttie , beach at. Glouceslei.Mass , back at. WABC, NY , 

Wi Mi'vcr bie.i the lid on top price.*,' neth q Rilv . said teniatjve p'-in- pi •>- ; Moii.. i(i). .Mlerb Landon. torhver WOV, N.Y .press agent, back home.al'ter 
sui.'.'.cd ^^ ff^l^^^m fm . miammg the - network to - ^ ■ ^ ;; ^ fm , , hc R , d Cro ^ ., . 

buyers worried. A stai w huse ni i - colltsm i« ■■stations, both by 1 he states/.. < . .: ... .;...>.■•>,.•.; . ;■ :. :.• y-,:,,^—,; x. j.; 

nvi'I price was $5,000 Can ptfin'.t to the , Mu{ loCir j jaunty and city school di>- | La.n-y Nivon. e\-publicily director .at WMCA and WNEW, now editor 
(act that he received •Sli.OOO tor a ..'{'nets, as well as participatiiig col- : oi a.ne.v travel mag, Airways, which hits the- stands Jan. 1 ... .New book, 
, lialf.' hout.spot- vyith such-aiKi-Mich an ; j(,„ LV allf i . universines, ■ Profit. mi- , -... Tho p 00 ole's Choice, - being published by Duell, Sl'oan & Pearee, authored 
a^encv. Situation naturally -resulted,- woiild : be planned bv a statewide I ■ - „ T .. . , , ' '. ,: ,: •„"•■, •'. ■'; ... . ., . • 

■ it v.- ' «,;-•„,!;. i.;„i,„. ;„• ^„i, ** . , { by Paul F. Lazarsfeld. a survey, on how-people make up their minds, to 

trnni t-lie old economic lactot ot sup- .committee and originate in .)•! pro- , - : ■:• -',. ■ . . . 

plv ai d rijemahd and: when theri '\ a duclioiu (•ehtera in. schools and col- j vote and based ot) 1940 Willkie-FDH campaign, is dedicated ,to : Frank 
s, u ciiV it's no, trick tp raise, die ante, ' i C8?x Cost of the^ networ k is esti- , Stanton, CBS veepee , Jack GrogsHi.'itiember of WNEW's production stall 
It's a mild form of. black-market iitg, mated ;at :$1 .000.0(10 
Before the war it was. -pretty piucY: ■ 
of a gcntlcmenV agreenicnt anioiM-.-- 
• the agency, buyers to peg the. inaxi- 
. irum at S.i.OOO. . Like a lot of other 
Commodities, prices' got pretty' much. | 
out of. Tine but the big Worry js'.to ', 
get , them back where they were ' 
rather than.slieUing out with the' Ui- ' 
crease now. '-.-. ";•'•.- -•..'/•' : : .--' : J 



Kostelanetz 

Continued from pa ae :!8 




"Mnsli loc Milium" M'l 
: FHHies" . '■' 



New CAMICI. I'lUHiKAM.' Fiillnj 
II) |..n... ».\VT 



Mgf.i LOU CLAV ro.l 



program manager. Pr ior to his radio product ion work Grogan was a legit 
actor and director. -■ . .-■ , ; .. .'' .." ; ■ '.:■'■ :.' -: : '.'-.-:-: ',•'''■'.•.•,'••'.'.■.' 

Jack Berch selling his Vermont ,f a nil and buying one at Ml: Kiseo. N.Y. 
. . : .Marianne Ca.ssar set as .supervisor of nntrket research at .Doherty. 
.. C'litVord & Shenfield. Formerlv with roso.-u'ch dept., of ^ Ran-Ahieriean aiir- 
ferences of opinion. _ some UzAc lj,, u .s. . . .P'r.v tlis Creore ,dici tho lead Sat. .-H opp. Lawrence Brooks i"So-. 1; 
sources are. wBndermg whether j of N()rw . u ,:. ) . - Armstrong "Theatre ' over CBS: . . .George Crandall. CBS 
-Spot ight might, eventually land m p ,. ;!SS i^,.,., sot a heac , y( .„. t !ilsi ( v? , u . signing all -his Christmas cards, 
the , Mutual camp, cued ot coitrse, to , . ^ o -. :,- ^ now. . . .Bonlon :fr Bowles radio dent; moving to new (.Dices 
the. advent there of Ed Kobak -as 



proxy. : ' . ' : . ■ 

Kobak was. prominent.' in . Blue no- 
gotiations when. coke first spqttod'the 
pop music nfghttime series, there and 
naturally would welcome W ith, open 
arms an advertiser with Coca-Cola's' 
'prominence -and bankroll. Mutual, 
too. it's felt, would not: run a high 
blood pressure over the show's 
Hooper, as is the case at the Blue. 
* Dropping of the Kostelanetz G'BSer 
also revived reports that D'Arcy was 
renevving dickers to grab the Kay 
Kyser package, also an MCA prop 



pros 

Won't he long now 

isame building i. , plan!' including aii. iiltra-mPdehl air-conditioned set of 
.studios. Joint has eveiv thing but. yoldiish and fotiptaiiW With the com- 
mercial AFRA contract sot. Raymond Jones, Chi exOc see- and Claitde 
McCue L.A. ditto, scrammed lor homo .last week ,; Johir.Reed King in- 
herits Jimmy Wallington'.s spieling; chores on. Texaco "Star Theatre" Sun. 



put lit la.st 'week. Sponsor was told 
to find aiipth'er slot for the sliow .by- 
Dec. ,1. or no. more scripts' would -be 
forthcoming. : , •-:'■:■', ' : ';'---; : ■-' 

"Lite" which is ,;iired a'i .'l.(i a.m.- 
(CWT) plugs Dux while. '•S'ardi's'* 
plugs C'risco' op; the Blue with, pip- 
motional campaigns, .publicity,, and 
dealer tieup's actually forcing the two * 
shows to compete with one, another, 
for listeners. 

Wester show has the added disad- 
vantage' of following a half-hour of 
unsDonsored lime on NBC which 



02i:.:;;I.oiiise Winter, formerly •«.us(C;-diWCl»l'-;of. fiSWp;m^Wm^. 'i^*-^ to help'the shovv's; rathr: 
and .shortwave studio engineer of OWI's 'Frisco office, has joined the WOV 
engineering* sUfT. She's the third vvomau engineer to be employed by ;. 
.the statipti;- :: '■'':< : ' '-, : ' ;, ;.' . '-'" • ' '.-:- - .„.' '' ''.'-.'. '' ,'.'-, '- '--.:: 
, Millim Robertson, scripter of the "Meet the Russians'.' .stanza on WNEW. 
guest of the Russian ambassador in Washington today (8):at party cele- 
brating, 27th. . anniversary' of .the Rus-s ■ revolution . . . .Martin BHiine. legit- . 
actor in "Embezzled Heaven."' also,; acts' in a.in. serial, "Valiant. Lady." T 
md had to. commute, daily .front Philadelphia when, play .tried out there. 



erty. oh; behalf of' the Atla«4a. soft j He'was written out ot script whertshpw played Washington. 
; drink concern, but. in the absence:,.-, i ^ 



of 'top agency personnel: fin 
lanta), nothing official on this.. 



At- 




BASIC C. B. S. STATION 



George. Case.. WBBM's asst. program mgr.. underwent . an emergei.iey. 
appendectomy at, St. Francis hospihi). Evanston, last week!'. , .Harry Kopf, 
y.p. in charge of NBC's central division., in New York '-{of network man- 
agement confab. .. .James Anderson. WGN salesman,, heads up the Biggie 
Levin radio department: sales., staff . effective (15). . . .A.ngel.ihe prr, Chi 
actress, who plays the lead in "Lucky Kitty Stewart," , appeared on the 
"Blind Date" show in. New York Inst week .. . . .Carlton Smith. NBC presi- 
dential announcer; and manager of WRC, Washington, in town last week 
... ,:Bennett. Sisters, singing trio. :have been added to- the WBBM staff. .:. . 
Ed 'Woocbs'; former. .Mutual sales chief, in town to talk over a new connec- 
tion. ■' ;■'-'' -.:•.'"--■''*;' :•;•'■•'.'"* ' V" ':.- ;.' ;'- /: i v:.. ,: - ■. ;',■■ ;. '• . 

Melvin Miller; former procurement director of radio offices for the Ninth 
Naval District, has been added to the WJJD sales staff . . . .Les Atlass' 
daughter. Severely . injured while horseback riding last week. is. on tile 
mend,. . , .C. Raymond Hutchison., formet radio and' movie Writer recently 
discharged from the Merchant Marine, has joined the NBC central division 
j press , stall'',,, replacing Sheldon Peterson, who resigned to take over the 
writing chores pii the Bernardine Flynn news show. ,', .Kay Fisher, asst. 
to -John Pearson, the station rep. 'is in Augu.stana hospital after a serious 
ripcration ... , .Harry Richardson; former radio director of Need ham, Louis 
& Brorby. now with the OSRD in New York. in. town for a,\isit, . . .Tyler 
Davis, J. -Walter Thompson. Chi radio director, to New York this week.... 
Toni Gilman. daughter of Harry Gihnan, Ervvin Wasey. radio director, vylll 
be in the cast oE "Ten Little Indians' when, it opens here at the Harir- 
theatio Myrtle Wi ight. 'former asst. to Frank I'.errin, radio director ot 
the Leo Burnett agency, who left several months ago to become a house - 
wife,, rejoined : thc agency in her old job because of press, of biz and lack 
of help, there, V ..' .- ■ . . • .' :■ ■':■ ' '■' - ■•'"■■': •■.' y- ; : y - : . - ■ . - : ,' ;. 

f\ HOLLYWOOD . . . 

Sam Moore Was voted a second term as head of the -western 'region. 
Radio Wiiteis' Guild Elected to the exec -board were Paul Franklin, 
Kathleen. Httc, Jack Robinson, Herman Alexander, Milton Merlin. Ashmead 
Scott, Abe Burrows and Arnold Marquis. . . .Ed Gardner has finally decided 
-..on. Bob Graham as the canarv. in his tavern He was put nndet a five -year 
contiaet and. also will chirp in -the liUn version of ' Dnfty's' .- . . ..John Swal- 
low heading east to. talk over Kenyon & Eckhaidt Coast operations with 
W. B Lewis, - After .passing a few days here, Thomas D Arcy Bropln . 
: -K&F/prcz, returned- cast vvitb stopovers at Frisco and Seattle.^ . , . Also pasl- 
botihd,' Donald W. Thornbiirgh, headman out this, way for CBS, for 'litrd- 
rites ar-ound the mahogany vyith the chain's tor}, drawer crowd , - Dick 
Mai;:,: lost his secretary at. Warwick & Leglei:. Evj Tolan, to the WACS ,\. 
"Man Called X" t'epevved by I;ookhcpd .. Ray Wilson dolled hiS.uniiorm 
and put his tootsies unciei a typewriter in Lloyd Brownfteld's flaekery 
at KNX ; Norman Co.rWui in tow r- % orked like mad on the Dems Sunday 
punch, night before election l(li, A human dynafno if. there ever was one j 

W.-B. Ryan. KFI managei and, NAB district director, east for broad- 
casters ^Oslvm Chicago and incidentally to. make a few business calls tor 
ylhe station Part. Mullip Blue Uet y- pubheitv chief, around to look in on 
: Milt Samuel's opci anon and to advise latter that he's now oflicially- west- 
l. oii'i clivisidn press, head for the net work: And well deserved . . . .'Tony Stan- 
' ford ilfie.in , 'this \vcek to vyhip those, two Elgin shows .into. shape. .. .Frank 
Giii: ;tna Evei ell Freeman, chief wnleis, i ospcetively, on. the Frank Mor- 
gan and -Fiuiny Biice, shows, -vacating by end of the month. Medico or- 
dered Gil! to .slow down and. Freeman going: back to fthn writing. . . .Neal 
Reii'gan tr.'dvi'ng from .KNX- pr.iduclkip,; start to McCaim-Ericksoti to. handle 
Coast shows, ,, .Charles Clil't. former Chi ■newspapermtin. heading up the 
Tom Fizdaie oflite. here; . - 




AM) COMPANY 

RADIO Si \ I KIN HI- f RES». \ I V I l \ FS 
o 

NtW mSf, ' BOSTON ' CHICAOO 
DfTROK o SAN FRANCISCO = HOUYWOOD 




560 Kc. 5000 WATTS 



It's easy, Kenneth! 



So you want to know what it takes to build a network like Mutual. . . 
Thanks for your letter, Kenneth. The answer is simple. 

Start ten years ago, with four big stations in four big markets. As 
you add outlets, remember the need for placing them as close as 
possible to the listeners you want to serve. Keep extending the net- 
work every year until you make it the largest in the world, with 245 
stations throughout the entire nation. 

Pick all your stations carefully, Kenneth. Make sure each one has a 
potent, friendly voice in its own community. Dominant power and 
popularity in the biggest cities and an intimate, neighborly touch in 
the rest of home-town America — that's what your network should 
provide— and that's what Mutual delivers. 



Take your own home town. Port Huron is a good example of a key 
market served from within by just one network, Mutual. Jot down a 
few figures, Kenneth. Did you realize that your 33,000 neighbors earn 
over $46,000,000 a year, and spend more than $25,000,000 a year In 
retail purchases alone?* Yours is a mighty important market, arid so 
are the other 140 centers where your network has the only station — 
not to mention the rest of the nation where Mutual's voice, competing 
with other networks' is so continuously welcome in cities large and small. 

One final thought, Kenneth. As you plan the 'organazation' of your 
radio network, don't forget to keep the cost-per-ear at a rock-bottom 
minimum. That's what Mutual offers: an evening half-hour on thm 
full network, at peak listening periods, for as little as $7,550. . 



this ... is MUTUAL 



•Corporate fi^-rbirt Wv/r ..««»»•.»«»«»<•»'.«' 



46 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, November 8, 19 H 



"HIGHWAYS IN MELODY" , " | 

WHIl Paul Lavalle Orch, Ken Chris- ; 

tie Choir, Dorothy Kirsten, Roland 

Winters, Ford Bond 
Producer: Tom Hix: •". 
Wriier: Margaret Lewerlh 
5)1 Mins.; l'ri., .8 p.in, 
CITsHS SERVICE 
WEAl'-NBt, N. Y. 

d'ooie. Cone St Belding) 

; New Cities Service show in place 
of the 17-year-old classical format, 
handled recently by. Frank Black, is j 

•• 'depending upon lush orchestral- ar- | 
rait»einen(s. by the Paul Lavalle 
oreli, with strings predominant 
throughout, as backlog for a lighter 
type b( .'• musical fare.- Promising 
young Araericau singers are being 
sp illed as guests with Earl Wright- 
son hi for teeofl' (Oct. 27) and Dor- 
othy Kirsten appearing oil show, 

.'caught C! ). , Ken Christie : choir, 
•rounds out musical staff with Poland 
Winters handling commentary' ,and 
Ford R(nifl:in.for commercials, '.. ;; 

'Production 'is a well - rounded. 
imi>Oth,-tistening half-hour with mu- 
sical b::i'.i«es and commetttary effec- 
tively tieing in the '"highways'- 
tlieme. - Tunes ranged from "In the 
Still of the Night," opener, .through' 
such Viv.-ly stuff as "Shadrach" and 
the -.old tinier "Avalon" as orch bud 

■choir contribs.: with Miss Kirsten 
pitehiiv; in . solo standouts. "Our 
Love" anil "Stars in My Eyes." - She 
also joined .'.in for signoff medley' in- 
cluding • "Ro"imental .Song." "tS.mie 
Day." and . "Tii:g-a-Ling," from the. 
pen fjf- Ruri-iK Friml,. Last-named 
"Hi ah .linU.s" tune was given a novel 
anil < npressive: live twist by the 
C li i is i ' e > i it; ers. cc r lain to el ifck -with 
any invo yirlcrs who. might have 
been Intoning. 

iNewcomc-- impresses as a well;- 
prnduf -cel. c:ffeful stanza aimed to 
provide .'a rer-Kul. 30 minutes. ' .Of 
course, there.' are plugs, tied in- as. is- 
customs lv nowadays, with sponsor's 
all-out way effort, and promises of 
things to come. This orieshould be 
around for; a w hils. Dotal.. 



the erstwhile Little theatre. N. Y.. 
yi.1 S;(tunla.v ilite (4) should ■ build 
lip. a sizeable audience of dialtwistr 
ers, and deservedly so. since it has. 
all the ingredients necessary lor a 
lively halt hour. 

Zeb Carver; who built up quite a 
nilery following on coupla. long-run. 
dates' at the Village Barn, (Iree >nvich 
Village. N; Y,. knows his way around 
ami emcees the show neatly, inject- 
ing homesoun humor and folksy- gab 
that keeps, things going at a merry 
pace. Julic-B registers on. solo \-o-. 
cals and later teams .with ■ Eddie 
Smith, Johnny Newton and rest Of 
the gang for some nifty bucolic fuu 
and the hillbilly tunes. They carry 
accomps on squeezebox and odd 
musical instruments but if .all adds 
un {or, solid full. All participants in. 
the show give with their best in such 
a .manner that it zips along , at a 
nic'ITV pace;; ■ , '■'-- . t'dltn. 



.lark Benny unwrapped his new 
ringing find, Larry Stevens, 61* Sun- 
day's (5) broadcast and it looks like 
the kid (he's 21. a non-pro and re- 
cently released from the Air Corps) 
will measure up. He had 110 trouble 
selling himself on the teeoff. although 
there's no indication yet whether he 
can handle, lines to tie in with the 
Benny comedy pattern.? In Dennis 
Dav. ' Oil -'the' vocals', it's strictly an 
Alger saga for the kid. who rates the 
(Ducky (SVlilT. (Mu'ghty .(f')ine 
(T)oo commercial buildup. Intro of 
Stevens via a Dunninger mind-read- 
ing stance was expertly grooved and 
gave the Benny show a hypo, as did 
the Minerva Pious repeat guest shot. 



"BROADWAY BARN DANCE" .-'? 
With- Zcb Carver, Julie-B, Eddie 
Smith. Chinch & Elsie Storey, 
.Johnny Newton, Chester arid tes- 
ter Bucb-win 
SO Mins.; Saturdays, 10 p.m. < 
Producer: Sid Leipzig ' 
Director: Zeb Carver; ■ ,'.' 
Sustaining 
WOV. New York 

Time .was when this type of show 
was ge-ircd mainly for hinterland 
listeners but now jt seems that the 
hillbilly cant-Has are building stature 
and gainin- in popularity in the ur- 
ban centers as well. 

This- one. which preemcd from. 



Att: Radio Agents 
and Advertising 
Agenc'es 



rit|Hi1:tf \|, ■<*, :iu«l Silt};,..)- Slur Willi 
iIpHmiI.-I: e ,iil>li*l.«M. l»VKe rittlit* 
lu«li«jf In \\? r»;i4»li(au mitl ort ii.vli.tr 
ilUlrWr*. ilrslrt's iV|tr."M>ntit. mil b.v 
i t*|Hiti«Ulc \'k *• 11 I or Advf rtKiiiB 
A icv ,\ I i*->**. e Tit brouilfuslltig' dull. 
Utf liiftl • :ivM.-.'t;\ Van hiiiidle hi'i 
itlliiT lmiffl'i* hi tlliil ItuVe hiiiiic vwvi 
litdt li-.tU*. . »,'»* SIS. V«iVl.v. 1.11 V 
-'fill. SI.. Nru Votli X. V. ' , 



THE SKKVESS PROGRAM . 
With Elmer Baughman, the Servess 
-.' Orch (<), the Servess Singers (4) 
15 Mins.; Mon.. Wed.. Fri.. 11:45. a.m. 

Walter h. Allen to. 

WOAI. San Antonio 

v ' : : , (Crook) ; 

Walter II. Allen Co.. Inc.. of Dal- 
las, wholesale hardware dealers, are 
airine three 'quarter-hour programs, 
each, wee!; through WFAA. Dallas, 
.•ind' the Texas Quality Network. ;be- 
Uf> heard in San Antonio, through 
WOAI. Airings . plug the Servess' 
hardware stores and Servess mer-- 
chandise. ';'•■ ■- 

Format includes vocal and instru- 
mental .music and a contest in .which 
the listeners participate. There is 
also' an .unusual give-away which 
sliouid keep the dialer at his radio 
for the full quarter-hour, This may 
start a new trend, as Texas has done 
before, in the "Man in the' Street." 
"Dr. I. Q. " "Vox Pop" type of broad- 
cast. At the end of each broadcast 
five names are iead. If the person 
will . call . at his ' Servess' dealer a 
check for $15 is given him to turn 
over to his farvorite charity 1 . 

Music on the program is that of 
staff musicians ; of WFAA and ■ in- 
ciude Freddy Martin, accordion; 
Jerry Scoggins. guitar; Bert Dodson, 
bass; Wilbur Ard. clarinet: Clarence 
Muck, cornet: Hugh Waddill, piano, 
and Roger Boyd, drums. Band has 
-good' rhvthm and was heard in sev- 
eral pleasing arrangements. Barber- 
shop harmony is furnished by a 
quartet composed of Scoggins, Mar- 
tin, Dodson and George Kent. With 
Waddill at the organ, a hymn is sung 
by the group and dedicated to the 
men and women in service on eaolv 
program. . 

Another novelty on the program is 
the ''Home 'Run Tune," which is a 
music cue question sent in by' a lis- 
tener pertaining to an item suggest- 
ed by a home or hardware. If some- 
one in the band' guesses right and 
plays the tune, the bandsman re- 
ceives $1 and the listener gets $1. If 
no one in the band guesses correctly, 
the listener submitting the question 
wins 55. -,'•;.-. ;- " ';■■ ;' ■• ' .'. '- ..■■'.-.';■■ 

Cominercials are not overlong and 
I are well handled by. Elmer Baugham. I 
who also m.c.s the program in fine I 
style. • 

This is the sponsor's first in radio 
and it points to a good start. ■ 

-'; ' -\ : :- ;..--' - .'••-'■■;■• ' Andy. 



; TEXAN OWI CHIEF 

San Antoiiio. Nov. 7. 
■ Charles L. Jeffers. former techni- 
cal director of WOAI is now . the 
OWI'.- chief radio engineer. ' . 

Jeflers has the responsibility of su- 
pervising the technical operations of 
, he bureau's radio facilities through- 
out the world. 



Ed Wynn's "streamlined" stanza 
for Bordens, via the Blue, went on 
exhibit Fri. (3), many of the "Happy 
Island" fantasy characters having 
been dropped. Seemed to make little 
difference, program still using fno 
same locale and Wynn still doing his 
"King Bubbles" role, with Paul 
Douglas and an unbilled kid . doing 
most of the (oiling. Essentially, prob- 
lem or getting the right kind of ma- 
terial remains, laugh quota not yet 
hitting what should be par for the 
course. Approaching the signoff 
Wynn reverted to his Texaco story- 
telling technique — for which the kid 
foiled — this part of the show , being 
strongest. . ' • .. " . " ; 



Playful Levys 

Philadelphia. Nov. 11 
Two years , ago Edgar Moss, 
district manager of 20th Century 
Fox> \Vas tendered a dinner by 
Dr. Leoii Levy and Isaac H, I 
Levy, proxy and vice-prexy re- 
spectively of WCAU. *' 

Evervbody spoke and told- 
what a great guv Moss was, 
When it came to Moss' turn to 
speak everybody walked out of 
the room. The Levys promised 
to throw another . dinner, .the fol- 
lowing year jo give Mo-s a 
chaiice to make, his spiel! 

. Came last .year and, the same 
thing happened. The diners 
■again took iVon the lairr;bcfore- 
Moss could sound oil,. 

On Dec. 5 a*»the Ritz Carlton, 
the Levys will n jniii lele Moss. 
And mebbe he'll be able to make 
the long-awaited- address.. '. - 



.Ifrry; Cooper, preeming on the 
Mutual ''Relaxation in Music'* pro- 
gram Sunday. 1 brought quarter-hour 
airer a welcome lift. Singer. wh» 
returned to N. Y. last *eek after a 
pic' chore in Hollywood, has a defi- 
nite personality as well as strong, 
resonant tenor ' \vliich made strong 
impress in romantic ballads like "I'll 
Walk Alone" and ''Amor." Cooper 
a's;>. acts as emcee, with a pleasing 
speaking voice. Program (for Miss 
Swank Slips) has good orchestral 
contributions by Nat BrinilofT's com- 
bo, but still -'suffers from too much 
commercial in so short a time limit. 



Easy Aces (Anacin,' CBS i made it] 
15 years in radio Wed. (1. i and save 
(■very- indication of being well bri 
their way to a second 15. Thatj 
thought- may make Goodman - Ace. 
who's writing the show, as of yore, ! 
shudder, but the stanza is still an ob--' 
ject lessori in radio technique. No 
flash, no hurrah, just entertainment. 
Some : radio formulas wear exceed- 
ingly thin in a short time, but jane 
Ace's boobery and malapropisms still 
click. Show' makes excellent use of 
vocal bridges, either standards, or 
standards with special lyrics. Fre- 
quently, they're good for laughs on 
I heir own, as well as doing a good 
transitioh. job. - Mary Hunter . . as 
"Marge" turns in her customary 
staunch support. 



Milton Berle gave ample evidence 
Tues. CHI on his Blue-Eversharp 
show that he's found his proper 
vehicle for radio. Had Ralph Ed- 
wards, Nancy Walker and Lucius 
Beebe as guesters. finishing up. with 
a pie-throwing- routine that was 
plenty funny even to, the radio audi- 
ence. Gag had Beebe (whose sibilant 
"esses'' sounded like hissing snakes), 
•Edwards and Berle all getting pies in 
the pan. Miss Walker proved herself 
socko as a radio comedienne and 
rhythm, singer. If available (she's 
under contract to M-G-M). she'd do 
plenty to hypo some of the shows 
now looking for adrenalin. 



Supreme Court Upholds 
Assoc. Music Vs. WEVD 
In Copyright Protest 

' ,•/;... ' Washington. Nov. .7. 
The Supreme Court yesterday (C) 
refused to -interfere with lower court 
rulings .111 the, precedent-making case 
brought against station WEVD, N. Y.. 
by Associated Music Publishers, vine. 
Associated Was upheld by both Fed- 
eral, district and . circuit courts in 
■N, Y. in -its suit charging that 
WEVD had broadcast music without 
a license. The courts overruled the 
eon'.cntion of. the station . that it was 
lion-profit and that the use of .music 
on its sustaining programs was 
therefore not an infringement of the 
law. . • . . '.. '..•-;-:■:.;.-' .*'''■;;;-. '. ' 

The Supreme Court . refused "the 
petition of Debs Memorial Radio 
Fund, Inc.; owner of WEVD, and 
Henry Grcentield. station , mgr.. that 
it hear the case on the ground that 
the "issues are novel, unique, im- 
portant and of first impression." By 
permitting the lower court decisions 
to stand the Supreme Court in ef- 
fect affirmed them. The precedent- 
making' case gives additional strength 
to the position of copyright owners 
in dealing . with broadcasters, . ,, 

WEVD argued that the station's 
objectives were philanthropic and 
educational and that: therefore it was 
protected under the section. ot the 
law which says charitable and edu- 
cational institutions do not require 
licenses for ,,- copyright music. The 
work involved in this; case is "Petite 
Suite Espagnole," which was played 
on a sustaining program. 



Television Review 



"FASHIONS OF THE TIMES" 
With Ben Feiner, G rover Whaleii, 
Omar Klam, Virginia Pope, Vera 
Maxwell. Claire McCardell, Hope 
Skillman, Mar jorie Holli$an, mod- 

eis ■■■'■; 

l'roducer: Gilbert Seldes -'-'',''.' 
Hiret'tor: Tonv Miner 
30 Mins.; Tliu'rs. (21, 8:13 p.m. 
WCBW-CBS, N. Y. 

Television shows tike high scnool 
graduation plays or Broadway pro- 
ductions, cannot be succcsst'til with- 
out adequate rehearsal time and this 
anibitious venture by the NJY. Times 
iashkm slat)' and CBS video viceroys 
jprovoci thill statement beyond, "a 
doubt.. '-'; .' -' ;.-.'."'. ',-'..". "'- -.-.'•,-''" 

The models were lovely and the 
gowns stunning — so were the bathing 
suits— but all involved seemed to 
have only a hazy idea Of what to do. 
Lust minute subbing of Ben Feiner 
lor Milo Boulton. originally skedded 
as emcee, was another handicap. This 
is not meant as a reflection on Feiner 
w'ho tinned in a hangup job. all . 
things considered. 

But the chatter was confused and 
the models ditto. Not a good pieseii- 
tatiou by any standards, ■ D.oiiii, . ■ ; 



ELECTION RETURNS VIA 
DX TO ARMED FORCES 

Speedy elections reports via pow- 
erful shortwave, transmitters' Were . 
beamed yesterday (Tues;') and last 
night to Gls in all parts of the world 
through arrangements set up by Col. 
Tom' Lewis, commanding officer of 
the Armed Forces Radio Service. 
Bulletins frpni the Ailny News Serv- 
ice were, transmitted starting in the 
early evening and: -. continuing, until 
all returns were in. ■., ,,' 

Six Pacific coast transmitters were 
Use"d and an equal number in- the 
cast/ service consisting of sfioit bul- 
letins and condensed summaries of 
completed tabulations from t hue to 
time. AFRS 132-station hookup, 
linking expeditionary forces, went 
on a 24-hour basis to rebroadcast 
shortwave and point-to-point trans- 
missions of election data. 




Beatrice Lillie made her fust, radio 
appearance since her recent arrival 
in U: S. Sat. (41 on BBC-NBC "At- 
lantic Spotlight." Cute gimmick was 
used for the first time with the star 
doing a crossfire between herself, in 
N. Y.. and a platter she made before 
leaving London. It was a showman- 
ly stunt and the dialog, purportedly 
between. Miss Lillie and her con- 
science, was okay. . Similar attempt 
at a transatlantic ".solo duct" on 
"Little. . Sir Echo." ,. however, . was 
snafued, apparently by timing trou- 
ble. Show Saturday. was good,, espe- 
cially Jack Allison's vocal group 
from Canada. Wee Georgie Wood, 
who's played vaude here, and Dolly 
.Harmcr. his' stage ■ mother, were also 
on the BBC end. with Edward and 
Elaine Vito. NBC harpists, from N.Y. 
Script, which has .Ben Grauer at N.Y. 
m;c. and Leslie Mitchell in London, 
is corny at times and ..painfully- cute. 
Transatlantic, switches Went off per- 
fective, with ' reception good except 
for the customary higher range mu- 
sic flaring; , ?, '- ,■■ 



"Give 1, ion son liisW'licaties and he'll tackle anything £V 



•A\ li\ shouldn't the genu* N'hciith's- ) Wit 
tdift lie: sublimely selC-toiifidcnt ? lie \\ 
know.- 1 hat ll'.(.':-c wliole wheat flakes 
#re packed with vilainins and siiefi. A 



size bow II nl of milk, fruit and 
it ics "lireakfasl of Clwunpions" ' 
deliver.-- impressive uourislimeiil . 'Aim: 
e 1. slat if ■ euliitg,.y t . fiver try it'f ■-:.;, '■'•'•., ' 



"Breakfast Cluh" has. .added a pe- 
rJod of prayer, to be observed off 
I the Blue network Chicago show un- 
til final victory over the Axis, listen- 
ers being requested- by' emcee Don 
McNeill to. say it "each in his own 
wyy and in his owff . Words';" House 
orchestra.' plays sacred' music during 
ihe pause. ' - . . 
'- The. addition of- 39 . Canadian sta- 
tions has. raised Club's lotal. to 240, 
claimed to be the largest for any 
show, bri any ; network. Forty-five 
miiuites of the hour are now being 
carried by CBC- outlets; including 
the quarter-hour sponsored by Swiff 
& Co. : ->: 

I niton Lewis. ,Ir., voiced over Mu- 
tual^ il) a nioely phrased tribute to 
Edgar Kobak. new head of that net- 



21 VIE FOR 38 BOARD 
POSITIONS ON AFRA 

Annual membership meeting of 
the N. Y. AFRA local has been set 
for Nov. 16 at the Hotel Edison, N. Y. 
Agenda will include a report on cur- 
rent sustaining and commercial ne- 
gotiations; review ot actions taken 
at the national AFRA convention 
last August, and election of a new 
local board, for a one-year term 
ending Nov. 1. 1945. 
I. All told, there are 38 candidates 
j for the board. with 21 to be elected. 

Actors tip for office include Bill 
! Adams, Alane Bunce. Frank Butler, 
Clayton Collyer, Ted de Corsia, Eric 
I Dressier, Carl Eastman, Wendell 
Holmes; House Jameson. Leon Jan- 
| ney. Minerva Pious, Jay .Tostyn, 
j Donna Keath, Frank Lovejoy, Bart 
i Robinson, Everett Sloan, Hester Soii- 
I dergaard; Ned Wever and Martin 
Wolfson. Nine actors will be elected. 
' Singer candidates, of whom, seven 
I are to be elected, are Jack Arthur, 
Phil Duey, - Travis Johnson, Felix 
Knight. Evelyn MacGregor. Alex 
McKee. Phil Reep and Margaret 
Speaks. *;?.:■' : - '■ 

Announcers running are Fred 
Cole. Frank Gallop, Ben Graiier. Ed 
Herlihy. Hugh James. Clyde Kittell, 
Tony Marvin. .Joe O'Brien. George 
Putnam and Ken Roberts. Five will 
be elected. 



Overseas for USO Since Jan 
'43— Now in Belgium 




FRED LIGHTNER 

Dir.: PHIL COSCIA 



work. Lewis referred to the part 
Kobak had played in the affairs of 
the Blue web, and previously at 
NBC, giving Kobak Credit for sub- 
stantial contributions to the growth 
of NBC. Commentator added that 
Kobak believed .in "a. free radio 
and a free press, as we all do." as an 
absolute prerequisite, to the effective 
.functioning of American democracy. 
Lewis closed by wishing the Mutual 
prexy the best of good fortune in his 
new and important post. Lewis, in- 
cidentally, refers more often than do 
most news commentators to web of- 
ficials and, 'stations in what must be 
a planned good-will promotion. 



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Wednesday, -November. 8. 194 1 



Upstate N. Y. Tele Survey Tips GE 
Films N.S.G.; Sports, Spot News Lead 



Schenectady, Nov. 7.'. ; 
! Sixty, percent, of the television sets 
in the .Schenectady -Troy -Albany 
area are- tuned to 'the average tele- 
cast over WRGB. the General Elec- 
tric station, four to five persons per 
receiver w atch . tile programs .and 
2n"'< of the audience- is under 18 
years of age. Robert L. Gibson, as- 
sistant to Robert S. Peare. G F. v . p 
in charge of advertising, broadcast- 
ing and publicity, compiled these 
flgure? after , studying coincidental 
telephone' surveys; Live talent rather 
than Alms received a preference vote 
from the majority. ' according to 
statistics compiled from a question- 
naire mailed out by WRGB. This is 
due in part at least, Gibson reported, 
-to the fact films being used for video 
today are not first-runs and were not 
made specifically for television. 

"If. the pictures \>. ere especially 
for television, there ..is, no. reason 
they should not be received fully 
as well, and in many cases, belter 
than live talent shows." Gibson ,de^ 
Glared. Motion pictures televised lo- 
cally by WRGB— one weekly 'pro- 
gram consists of films relayed from 
NBC's' telestation In New York — are 
quite old.. They are Mot received as 
clearly as flesh stuff. 

WRGB audience, expressing pref- 
erence, for plays of various lengths 
and music of various types, have 
voted as the four most .popular pro- 
grams yet presented by the station: 
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial By 
Jury," a, variety show produced last 
spring by WAGS and -soldiers; from 
the Rome, N Y. Army: Air Base: 
''The Valiant," one-act play long 
familiar to vaudeville fans, and 
'-Help: Yourself." three-act -farce; ,' : 

;As a general conclusion of opin- 
ions expressed in questionnaires and 



weekly- reply-card ratings returned 
by. the WRGB audience,- -if. likes 
spontaneity. This is supplied . by 
sports events.. .on-the-spot news and 
quiz programs. GE discovered, after 
experimenting .' with two matinee 
progams weekly for -•more-. than a 
year, thai the afternoon video audi- 
ence is very small — only one-filth of 
the. night, total, 

' Conclusions. reached in the various 
surveys . are considered significant 
because WRGB has been on the air 
more hours than ..any other video 
station. Operating regularly: .for liv e 
years (and .intermittently . for five 
prior thereto i it has telecast move 
than 900 : programs; The present 
tout-night-a-week schedule is con- 
sidered best, under, present circum- 
stances.- '.' . ',-"'- '■.•; 

. Gibson . makes two " prophecies; 
programs after the 'wa.i v. ill be un-. 
proved, the post-war. video setup is 
apt to ha ve two changes weekly, as 
is now done in nabe movie houses 
rather' than a new show nightly- as 
in radio.- *. -.- • "- ■" •*. - 



FCC Seen 

Continued from page 39 




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"tele now" boys, : of giving the pub- 
lic a Ian warning of what to expect; 
that the picture of,lovver-.£requepcies- 
vs.-higher-frequeiicies no longer be-, 
longs strictly in the domain- of engi- 
neers, but that the consumer must be 
protected to the extent of knowing 
that inevitably television must move 
upstairs, making obsolete the set he 
purchases. 

Thus it's felt that the Government 
■agency, in either case, is placed in a 
ticklish .situation — that if; it fails to 
properly, caution the consumer, it's 
reneging on a . responsibility, arid 
that, if it does so, it will just as in- 
evitably provoke a storm of protest 
from the "tele now" adherents that 
a Federal agency is sabotaging post- 
war .employment. . V. 
* There's still considerable specula-, 
tion as to just how much weight the 
Armstrong opposition to the moving 
of FM will carry with the commis- 
sion. Since he's the "daddy" of FM, 
there's little doubt but that the FCC 
will give his arguments any thing but 
a brushoff. Nevertheless; consensus 
seems to point to the fact that it'll 
be moved somewhere between 88-108 
frequencies (20 megacycles), the 
place most often referred to by the 
commissioners during interrogation. 
But one thing is seen certain, that 
the bid for an adequate number of 
FM channels will be accepted. 



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WNEW's Tele Sustainer 
At DuMont in 1G Class 

" "British Buddies." second ofseries 
of WNEW, N. V„ television shows on 
DuMoht's.; WABD, Ni Y„ last Sun- 
day night (51 reportedly cost $1,000 
production-wise, most expensively 
staged sustaining video half-hour to 
date, .-''■ '; ' .; / ' ' '-vv'' .-.'■''•'' 
■ Produced- in cooperation with the 
British Information '•', Service (Jack 
Rennie handling that chore for the 
BIS ' -Willi Jack Grogan 'dittoing for 
WNEWi, cutting Of films of Aachen 
battle never before shown in this | 
country, settings and talent costs for 
dramatic stanza .on show put the 
stint m the fop-money brackets; . 

Chi Tele Scene 
Lags Behind NX 

■ Chicago. Nov. 7. 

General inability of WBKB. Chi- 
cago's lone . video station to obtain 
latest type television cameras and 
top technicians plus the taking over 
of the major' portion of their studio 
space by the Navy radar school has 
resulted in a general letdown in the 
station's programming in past months 
in marked contrast to the progress 
being made by N. Y. video stations. 

Majority of shows: televised here 
every Tuesday-Friday are so ama- 
teurish that, reviewing them week by 
week is a needless task. Gimmick 
is that mechanical quirks" such as 
blurring, and distortion, are easily 
overlooked, in view of . the vast 
amount of materials diverted to war 
production. On , the other hand.; 
hackneyed shows put on by the all 
femme staff are another story— and 
one that leaves the casual observer, 
hanging on the ropes at the prospect 
of what would happen if the war 
were to end suddenly and civilian 
production were to resume; as 
quickly as WPB officials have pre- 
dicted. . .;V . - - — - ,, 

Commercial telecasts current in- 
clude fashion shows staged by Mar- 
shall Field, Mandel Bros., Chicago 
Mail Order, and Evans Fur Co., lit 
so poorly that sables are indistin- 
guishable from mink-dyed muskrat: 
two stanzas on how to cook, spon- 
sored by Commonwealth Edison; 
"Shoe Revues'* by Hannah Shoe Co. 
and quiz programs and newscasts, i 
One Edison store, located in ,an out- J 
lying district, has-a receiver where j 
shows are viewed by prospective ! 
customers, and Field store is dicker- 
ing for the same kind of deal. 

'" Small Audience - • -| 

Figuring on between 400 and 425 
video receivers in the area, with an 
estimated aud of five for each, it's 
figured /between 1,500 to 3,000 view 
each show. WBKB, like most tele 
stations, lias graduated from indi- 
vidual acts — singers, dancers and 10- 
minute dramatic, shows — to . 45- 
minute programs. They also have 
fallen in line to the extent of using 
four or five scene sets instead of one. 
Calibre of newscasts, too, has im- 
proved somewhat, with s top com- 
mentators from various local sta- 
tions glad to prepare for T-Day by 
helping out. Entertainers, despite 
unflattering appearances caused by 
mechanical insurmountables, pitch' 
in, only hitch being that sometimes 
a paying job turns up and they send 
regrets, in which event other talent 
has to be. dug up in a hurry, ' 

Ann (".Woman Views the News."J-: 
Hunter, blonde looker from WAIT, 
and Jerry Walker, educational direc- 
tor for WLS, do all right' with the 
iiews'.views. For program interest, 
instead of spouting 'news for 15- 
minutes, Miss Hunter goes in for 
descriptions of scenery, customs and 
Other info about the country dis- 
i cussed, while Walker, who works 
j without notes proves himself a 
| walking Baedeker by drawing free- 
hand maps.;':.; '''•''•'-. 



Thoughts While Cutting 



-By ALAN LIPSCOTT- 



Wiy is it, that when a show if good 
Actors, directors and producer* 
Slap each other on tht back j 
And clasp their hands above their 

.' '■'_ heads . ---■':.. . 

Like fighters? "\ - ,.■•'.• -.- - 
But when a show, is bad, 
They grab a rubber hose : 
And go witch-hunting 
After the writers. 

4. .-*. V- " *' 

Why can't a producer say: 
"I'll try that" 

And be less trying; ■•"■v. 

Than say: "I'll buy that" 

And then don't know ivhat he's buy- 

>'IO. .".;-,' •': '-. ... ' ; . -.."'• 

:,'■*.■' -■' , * * - ;* : * '" 
Comedy shows sure look a drop 
Since Fled Allen closed up shop. 

■ ■"'. . - ** # ■ * ..* - .-. v 
I have come to the conclusion V : 
That the reason actresses like direc- 
;.:'/; tors '/*-•'-.--•:' ■•.-'.'.;. 

Better than they do writers, 
Is not because directors can advance 

'em more, • 
But. because directors 
Are usually handsomer. 



RCA's Gross Increases 
But Net Profit Dips 

Radio Corp. of America (including 
National Broadcasting Co.) net profit, 
after; all charges including taxes, 
amounted to $6,734,670 for the first 
nine months ending, last Sept. 30, as 
compared with $7,435^025 in same pe- 
riod of 1943. Although this is a de- 
crease of $700,354, RCA's gross, in- 
come, $239,936,717, was $21,695,8 16 
higher than a year ago. In first nine 
months of 1943 is was $218,240,901. 

After paying preferred dividends, 
earnings applicable to common shares 
were SIVaC per share, against about 
36c in the first nine months last year. 
Corporation set aside $21,745,500 as 
provision for Federal income taxes, 
an increase of $867,600 over the first 
three 1943 quarters, 

Third quarter .net Was $2,294,456 
as against $2,516,231 in the September 
quarter lastvyear. This d